Study: Wisconsin is America's 2nd drunkest state

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) — Wisconsin is America's 2nd drunkest state according to a new analysis from financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. Of metropolitan areas within the state, Green Bay residents report the highest excessive drinking rates.

North Dakota was the was labeled as the drunkest state in America.

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To identify the drunkest states in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of men and women over 18 who report binge or heavy drinking in every state. Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in a single occasion for women and five or more for men, and heavy drinking is defined as at least eight drinks per week for women and 15 for men.

Some 24.5% of adults in Wisconsin report binge or heavy drinking — the second largest share of any state and well above the comparable national share of 18.0%.

The director of the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, George Koob, says there is a clear correlation between a state’s excessive drinking rate and income. Among the states with the highest excessive drinking rates, the annual median household income tends to be much greater than in states with lower drinking rates.

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