The fearsome news Voltron that is the Daily News Beastweek has compiled a list of the 40 Drunkest Cities in the US, using the average number of drinks consumed per person in a month. So how did your city fare?
Well, the results are somewhat surprising! Here are the top ten:
1. Milwaukee, WI
2. Fargo, ND
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Austin, TX
5. Reno, NV
6. Burlington, VT
7. Omaha, NE
8. Boston, MA
9. Anchorage, AK
10. San Diego, CA
So most of those make sense. Boston, obviously. The Midwest, clearly. But San Francisco? That seems odd. I guess you have to factor in all the fancy wine and fruity cocktails consumed at summer garden parties. (Everyone in San Francisco is gay, you see). Otherwise America's gay lagoon doesn't strike me as a very drinky-drinky city.
Further down the list there are more surprises. New Orleans comes in at a surprisingly low 25. Maybe it's only tourists who drink so much down there? Similarly, booze-filled Las Vegas barely made the list at 35. And New York isn't even on there! That I cannot believe. I alone am doing more than my part to buoy this city's drinking statistics.
In fact, I'm going to go do that right now. Here's the full list for your perusal. Where did your backwater burg end up? (I'm speaking specifically to the Springfield-Holyoke residents among us. You sewer rats placed 31st.)
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