North Dakota ranked drunkest state in America, with Minnesota not far behind
FARGO — Cheers! Well, not really.
North Dakota was once again ranked the drunkest state in the country, according to a new study by 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion company. North Dakota's neighbor to the east, Minnesota, ranked sixth in the study.
To identify the drunkest states, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of men and women over 18 who report binge drinking or heavy drinking. Excessive alcohol consumption, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, includes binge drinking and heavy drinking.
Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in a single occasion for women and five or more for men. Heavy drinking is defined as at least eight drinks per week for women and 15 for men.
North Dakota had the highest share of adults drinking excessively, with nearly 25 percent of adults reporting binge drinking or drinking heavily.
The Peace Garden State also ranked No. 1 among the states for the highest rate of alcohol-related driving deaths at 46.7 percent, nearly 20 percent higher than the national average of 30 percent.
The most-populous city, Fargo, was tabbed as North Dakota's drunkest metro area.
In Minnesota, meanwhile, 21.1 percent of adults report binge drinking or heavy drinking. Excessive drinking rates tend to be higher among wealthier populations, according to the study, and Minnesota has a larger median household income than most states at $65,599 per year. That's well above the national income of $57,617.
Filling in the rankings between North Dakota and Minnesota is Wisconsin at No. 2, followed by Alaska, Montana and Illinois, respectively.