Wisconsin Leads Nation in Binge Drinking, Says CDC; Seven Midwest States in Top Ten

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 4, 2011 | 3:34pm EST

Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Wisconsin, home state of the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers, leads the nation for the percentage of adult residents who are binge drinkers (22.8 percent), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pennsylvania, home state of the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers who face the Packers in Sunday’s Super Bowl, placed 17th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for the percentage of its adult residents who are binge drinkers (16.7 percent).

Binge drinkers are defined as men who consumed five or more drinks and women who consumed four or more drinks on at least one occasion in the month before they were surveyed.

The percentage of binge drinkers per state was derived from the results of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a health survey that conducted telephone interviews with a random sample of 414,509 people 18 years and older nationwide between January and December of 2008. The state-by-state data was published by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Dec. 10, 2010 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Seven of the Top 10 states for binge drinkers—including Wisconsin (1), North Dakota (2), Iowa (3), Minnesota (4), Illinois (5), Nebraska (6), and South Dakota (10)—are in the Midwest. The other three jurisdictions rounding out the Top 10 are Nevada (7), Delaware (tied for 8th) and the District of Columbia (tied for 8th).

Utah had the lowest percentage of residents who are binge drinkers (8.2 percent).

Eight of the 10 states that have the lowest percentage of binge drinkers in the nation are in the South or border the South. These include Arkansas (42nd), South Carolina (43rd), Oklahoma (44th), Alabama (45th), Kentucky (47th), Mississippi (48th), Tennessee (49th), and West Virginia (50th).

New Mexico (46th) also was among the bottom ten states for the percentage of adults who are binge drinkers.

Here is the complete ranking of the 50 states and the District of Columbia by the percentage of adults who are binge drinkers:

State                                         Percentage of Adults Who Binge Drink

1. Wisconsin                             22.8

2. North Dakota                        21.6

3. Iowa                                     20.2

4. Minnesota                             19.8

5. Illinois                                   19.4

6. Nebraska                              19.1

7. Nevada                                 18.8

8. Delaware                              17.9

8. District of Columbia               17.9

10. South Dakota                      17.8

11. Massachusetts                    17.7

11. Michigan                              17.7

11. Montana                              17.7

14. Hawaii                                 17.6

15. Rhode Island                       17.5

16. Vermont                               17.4

17. Pennsylvania                        16.7

18. Connecticut                          16.6

19. New Hampshire                    16.5

20. Indiana                                 16.1

21. Colorado                               16.0

22. Alaska                                   15.9

23. Ohio                                      15.8

23. Maine                                    15.8

25. Arizona                                 15.6

25. California                              15.6

27. Wyoming                              15.4

28. Missouri                                15.3

29. Washington                          15.1

30. Texas                                    14.7

30. New York                              14.7

32. New Jersey                           14.0

32. Georgia                                 14.0

34. Maryland                               13.8

34. Kansas                                  13.8

36. Virginia                                  13.7

37. Louisiana                              13.5

38. Idaho                                    13.1

39. Florida                                   13.0

40. North Carolina                       12.9

41. Oregon                                  12.8

42. Arkansas                               12.6

43. South Carolina                      12.3

44. Oklahoma                             12.2

45. Alabama                               12.0

46. New Mexico                          11.4

47. Kentucky                              11.3

48. Mississippi                            10.8

49. Tennessee                           10.5

50. West Virginia                        8.8

51.  Utah                                    8.2

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