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Top Ten Booziest Towns

This might be the understatement of the year, but hard drinking is just not good for your health. While Americans may be drinking less beer and more wine, some cities still party on by drinking more of everything. Binge drinking is a public health problem leading to injuries from drunk driving a well as violent assaults, not to mention the damage it can do to the liver.

Forbes compiled a list of America's hard-drinking cities. Based on a 2007 survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Forbes ranked the cities according to how their residents answer these three questions: whether they had at least one drink of alcohol within the past 30 days; whether men had more than two drinks per day or women one drink per day; and whether they had five or more drinks on one occasion — this is the question that indicates binge drinking. The cities were ranked on the percentage of their population responding affirmatively to all the questions.

To see the list,

1 — Austin, TX
2 — Milwaukee, WI
3 — San Francisco, CA
4 — Providence, RI
5 — Chicago, IL
8 — Seattle, WA
8 — Cleveland, OH
8 — St. Louis, MO
9 — Boston, MA
10 — Cincinnati, OH

I find lists like these fascinating, though not exactly representative of the entire population of those cities. Interesting to note, that SF was ranked the number one city for women's health, while Cincinnati ranked close to the top as the unhealthiest place for women. Milwaukee made it into the top ten fittest cities in the US. Austin and San Francisco both placed in the top five walkable cities, hopefully lowering the chances of their binge drinkers driving while inebriated. So go figure? But do drink responsibly when you do drink and might I remind you that there are at least five healthy reasons to stop after drinking one glass of wine.


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Spectra Spectra 8 years
Considering that good ol' Wisconsin is has the highest drunk driving rate and is the #1 state for alcohol affecting people's daily lives, it really doesn't surprise me in the least that Milwaukee's #2 on that list. They should have just put the whole state on there...Milwaukee only made it because it's the biggest city, lol.
sldc sldc 8 years
Yay Austin! There are lots of other (and better) places than Sixth street to drink! The size and population of the Austin Metro Area is still expanding, so that is probably why Austin beat out New Orleans (pop. approx 200,000.) Let's not forget we have politicians, tourists, area college students (from UT, St. Edwards, Texas State, etc), techies, yuppies, and everyone else who drinks plenty.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
In other news, the picture looks like one chick is going to pour a shot into the other girl's ear...
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That settles it. Austin, here I come! :drinks:
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
haha, angel, I've actually been to the Dog & Duck Pub. It's fun, and has good "British" food
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
This is from the article: "Austin, Texas, is famous for its parties. People flock from around the world to attend events like the annual South by Southwest film and music festival. And when they get there, chances are they make like the locals and throw back a few cold ones--because Austin may be the hardest-drinking city in America." ""I imagine that's probably why the city's on [the list]," says Hunter Darby, manager of Austin's Dog & Duck Pub. "Sixth Street in Austin is like a tiny version of Bourbon Street. It caters a lot to a younger crowd who are right at age 21. They'll just go from bar to bar to bar. ... There are a ton of bars per human being in this town."" A tiny Bourbon street.....We are Bourbon Street! Why are we not on the list!?
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
Whatever...How is Baton Rouge and New Orleans not on the list? We should be #1!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
Seattle? Really? I guess it's because I don't drink often and neither do my friends, but I don't really feel like that's accurate for our City.
tatsauce tatsauce 8 years
WOOOH SF! yea we have really good bars over here. =)
thrifty-trendy thrifty-trendy 8 years
I knew Austin would be on the list. I went to UT also! Hook 'em!
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
chi town should have ranked in the top 2!!! FOR REAL.
MlleMLT MlleMLT 8 years
Silver Lining UT is always labelled as a party school cause of things like this, but for most it is anything but. Top 10 schools (or better) in business, engineering, nursing, pharmacy, law, and the list goes on. And in the interest of full disclosure, I did go there ;]
princess_eab princess_eab 8 years
This is hilarious! Austin is my hometown and everyone I know drinks a lot there (I did when I used to live there) but I had NO IDEA it would come first!
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
Haha, I was wondering if my city was going to be on this list and we are #1! I go to UT, and we have definitely been labeled a party school. It's so true, but I think people misunderstand that, and think it means we're all stupid and drink all the time. UT is one of the top universities in the nation, and we hold ourselves to a very high standard. We just so happen to be a university of 50,000 students, living in a metropolitan city with an extensive downtown of bars upon bars. The reason we are #1 on this list is probably because of the great number of young adults in their 20s, added to the fact that the school is inside the Austin area.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
that's kind of interesting to see how the cities rank. i knew that austin was a party town - but wow - this clinches it for them huh? i love how forbes always has these great lists. it's so interesting to see how the nation compares to itself.
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 8 years
WOW. My best friend wasn't kidding when she said UT in Austin was a party school. NUMBER ONE? And why isn't LA on there? There are too many colleges, clubs, bars, and parties that make binge drinking hard to avoid.
ChicaCity ChicaCity 8 years
I used to live in Cleveland - DEFINITELY believe that it made the list.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
Im not surprise by this list at all. I mean, in some of the towns listed, theres really nothing else to all. Really boring.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm so confused as to why New Orleans isn't on there. There's like, 100 bars per square mile.
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
You mean St. Louis, MO....St. Louis, MI is a real town...close to a couple of
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I certainly don't drink the way I used to in university - that was no holds barred drinking! Now I might get a bit tispy one night of the weekend, if that.
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