Where the heaviest-drinking Americans live
I suppose an alternative title would be “states to avoid on cross-country drives.” Chrtophere Ingraham reports in the Washington Post:
While we here at Wonkblog don’t recommend that you “binge drink through New Year’s,” there’s no doubt that the holidays have traditionally been a time for boozing it up. Take a gander, for instance, at the total monthly alcohol sales in the United States. If you squint really hard you may detect a seasonal trend — those spikes are December of each year.
We’re not just buying booze during the holidays, of course — we’re guzzling it down, too. Various direct and indirect measures of alcohol consumption, including breathalyzer data, Web searches for hangover relief and alcohol-related traffic deaths all suggest that peak American drinking happens between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
But who among us is likely to do the most drinking this holiday season? The Department of Health and Human Services recently updated the official federal statistics on the percent of state residents ages 12 and older who drink at least once a month. Here’s a map of how those figures break down by state for the years 2014 and 2015. . .