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Results of a new study ranking the “drunkest” cities in the nation revealed a common factor.
The study by 24/7 Wall St. showed 19 of the top 20 cities were from middle America. One state, Wisconsin, had the dubious honor of having seven of the top 10 cities, and another five in the total top 20. Corvallis, Oregon was the only coastal city to make the list.
The study, which reviewed self-reported binge and heavy drinking rates among adults, was compiled with data from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program.
In a closer look at the top cities, the Independent Journal Review noted each city was home to a craft brewery and a major university. With Miller Brewing and an upcoming Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery, the Cheese State ranks as one of the best for craft beer makers.
In the state capital of Madison, 18 microbreweries may have helped it rank number four in the top ten. It is also home to The University of Wisconsin, Madison – ranked 8th biggest party school in America by Playboy Magazine, according to the Review.
Green Bay, coming in at number three, is home to six microbrews as well as the Packers NFL franchise and University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. “More than one in every four adults report heavy or binge drinking on a regular basis in the Green Bay area,” the study reported, ” nearly the highest excessive drinking rate in the country.”
The study found the city of Appleton as the number one drunkest city in America, with about eleven microbrews and three major universities. “For every 10,000 area residents, there are 4.4 drinking establishments, the ninth highest concentration of bars of any U.S. area,” according to the study.
On the other end of the spectrum, the survey also listed the top “driest” cities in America. The top two were from the state of Utah.
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