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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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