With the holiday season upon us, some of us will be indulging in the libations of the season. A little drink here, a little drink there. All in moderation of course. Where do you think the drunkest city in North Dakota is?

And by drunkest city, we mean the city that drinks more in comparison to the other outstanding cities we have in the Peace Garden State. 24/7 Wall St. published a report today (11/11) of the cities that drink the most in each state.

First, let's define excessive drinking, defined by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC)

Binge drinking is defined by the CDC as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men during a single sitting. The organization defines heavy drinking as around 15 or more drinks consumed by men per week, and typically eight or more drinks for women.

Does that sound familiar? If we think about it, if the above is the true definition for binge drinking, we may all have a problem!  24/7 Wall St. reviewed the metropolitan areas (MSA) reporting the highest levels of binge and heavy drinking in each state. You can read more on the methodology here.

North Dakotas' drunkest city is Fargo. That should not be a huge surprise being a college town. The finding were-

> Pct of MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 21.2%
> Pct. of state adults binge or heavy drinking: 21.8%
> Pct of driving deaths alcohol related: 29.7%

While Fargo has the highest rate of excessive drinking among North Dakota’s urban areas, excessive drinking is even more prevalent outside metro areas — the state’s binge drinking rate of 21.8% is higher than that of Fargo. The state’s excessive drinking rate is also the second highest in the nation compared with other states after only Wisconsin. The oil boom that has attracted more men to the area — men are far more likely than women to binge drink — may be another factor.


If you think about it, the average man who enjoys a couple beers a day, 6 days a week is very close to being defined as a heavy drinker. Some may find that statistic amazing!

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