D.C. Makes “25 Drunkest Cities” List


Another thing for Washingtonians to be proud of:

Washington has found its way onto yet another superlative list. This time, the nation’s capital is ranked among the “25 Drunkest Cities” in the U.S.

D.C. placed 9th on this year’s list, the third annual ranking released by the Daily Beast.

Other cities in the top 10 include New Orleans, Charleston, and Norfolk, Va. America’s “drunkest city” is Boston, for the second year in a row.

The rankings are based on three criteria: the average number of drinks consumed by adults each month, the percentage of the population classified as binge drinkers, and the percentage of the population classified as heavy drinkers.

Stats were pulled from market researchers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Daily Beast.

Washingtonians reportedly drink an average of 15.6 alcoholic beverages each month. More than 14 percent are classified as binge drinkers and 5 percent are considered heavy drinkers, according to the report.


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  1. ratufa says:

    As someone who grew up in Wisconsin, all I can say is, “Amateurs!”

  2. Ben says:

    Hells yeah, Boston and Providence are both in the top 10! Now that is some hometown pride I can get behind (especially since it’s an accomplishment I actually contributed to).

  3. Moosebreath says:

    As Shaw wrote (from memory) — Alcohol is useful. It enables Parliament to do things at 11:00 at night that no sober person would do at 11:00 in the morning.

  4. Neil Hudelson says:

    Indianapolis has gone from having one microbrewery and one “microwbrewery” (a restaurant with a few crappy homemade beers) to have dozens with high-quality, large selections. This past year the first bourbon distillery in Indianapolis opened. There is one area in particular with well over 20 times the normal bars-to-residents ratio.

    All of this has occurred in the past decade, most in the past 2 years.

    Is it purely coincidence that the growth in drinking has coincided with my arrival?

    Well let me ask you, is it purely coincidental that I’ve lived in 3 of the top 10 drunkest cities in the recent past?

    I think not.

  5. LC says:

    Don’t you live in Virginia?

  6. de stijl says:

    This time, the nation’s capital is ranked among the “25 Drunkest Cities” in the U.S.

    Boehner is skewing the average.

    (Seriously, as someone who has personal insight with this issue, just looking at his face, his skin, the area around his eyes, not even thinking of his somewhat scary emotionalism – dude has a major problem.)

  7. matt says:

    @Neil Hudelson: Wow I’m going to have to swing by there next time I’m visiting relatives in Illinois.