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    CDC: Binge Drinking 'Huge U.S. Health Problem'

    Binge Drinking Rates Highest in Wisconsin, Lowest in Tennessee

    Binge Drinking State by State

    Here are the self-reported rates of binge drinking in 2009. Keep in mind that, based on state sales figures, some 70% to 80% of alcohol consumption is not reported.

    Rank

    State

    % of Population Reporting

    Binge Drinking in Last Month

    1

    Tennessee

    6.8

    2

    Utah

    8.8

    3

    West Virginia

    9.2

    4

    Mississippi

    10.1

    5

    Georgia

    10.5

    6

    Alabama

    10.7

    7

    Arkansas

    11.3

    8

    Kentucky

    12.4

    9

    Maryland

    12.6

    10

    South Carolina

    12.7

    11

    New Mexico

    12.8

    12

    North Carolina

    12.8

    13

    Idaho

    13.0

    14

    Oklahoma

    13.0

    15

    Florida

    13.3

    16

    Virginia

    13.5

    17

    Indiana

    14.2

    18

    New Jersey

    14.3

    19

    Louisiana

    14.4

    20

    Kansas

    14.5

    21

    Arizona

    14.9

    22

    Texas

    14.9

    23

    Oregon

    15.0

    24

    Maine

    15.1

    25

    Washington

    15.2

    26

    California

    15.8

    27

    New Hampshire

    15.8

    28

    Wyoming

    15.8

    29

    Ohio

    16.1

    30

    Colorado

    16.3

    31

    New York

    16.3

    32

    Pennsylvania

    16.6

    33

    Hawaii

    17.1

    34

    Michigan

    17.1

    35

    Vermont

    17.1

    36

    Missouri

    17.2

    37

    Montana

    17.3

    38

    Nevada

    17.5

    39

    Massachusetts

    17.6

    40

    Illinois

    17.7

    41

    Alaska

    17.9

    42

    Nebraska

    17.9

    43

    Rhode Island

    18.2

    44

    Delaware

    18.5

    45

    Iowa

    18.5

    46

    Connecticut

    19.0

    47

    South Dakota

    19.3

    48

    District of Columbia

    20.1

    49

    Minnesota

    20.2

    50

    North Dakota

    21.4

    51

    Wisconsin

    23.9

    The CDC's report on binge drinking appears in a special Oct. 5 early release issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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