Buffalo: City of Drunks?
blog by S.J. Velasquez • December 29, 2011 @ 1:39pm
Admittedly, I froze for a half-second, realizing there was a strong chance the answer could be Buffalo. I was relieved to know that the Queen City didn’t claim the gold medal for drunkenness, but we still made the list. Ah, that list, complied by the Daily Beast, was based on statistics from market-research firm Experian Simmons and the Centers for Disease Control. Taking into consideration the cities’ populations and their residents’ drinking habits, the Daily Beast rattled off America’s 25 “drunkest cities.”
Buffalo came in 16th, but our statistics weren’t much different than those of Boston, the no. 1 city on the list. Here’s how the cities compare:
Population over age 21: 4,750,296
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person: 15.5
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers: 7.4%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers: 20.1%
Population over age 21: 1,170,570
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person: 13.1
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers: 8.7%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers: 19.4%
Source: The Daily Beast
To read the top 25 cities on the list of “America’s Drunkest Cities of 2011,” check out the original post on the Daily Beast’s site.
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