Wisconsin named second-drunkest state in the country

Drunkest states in the US

Montanans are fourth drunkest in nation, according to new analysis

IL was ranked No. 5, Alaska came in at No. 3, Wisconsin placed No. 2, and North Dakota topped the list.

24/7 Wall St. also interviewed the director of the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, George Koob.

Alcohol consumption is just one of many behavioral factors that can affect health outcomes and as a result, areas with low excessive drinking rates are not necessarily the healthiest.

The study says nationwide, 18 percent of adults drink an excessive amount of alcohol.

Montana ranked fourth in the nation on a list of "drunkest" states, according to a new report published by 24/7 Wall Street. Excessive alcohol consumption, according to the CDC, includes binge drinking and heavy drinking.

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The report also said that Wisconsin has low rates of premature death despite the drinking rate. Wisconsin's rate is significantly higher than the national average, which is around 18 percent.

Kentucky is the 37th drunkest state, with Louisville ranked the drunkest metro. However, though Montana has the lower percentage of excessive drinkers of the two, the state has the second highest percentage of alcohol-related driving deaths at 46.3 percent. However, Alabama is just the 17th lowest in terms of alcohol-related driving deaths at 29 percent, while Utah has the actual lowest percentage of such deaths at 19.7 percent. However, it is not a rarity either as 11.2% of the adult population drinks excessively.

West Virginia is nearly at the very bottom of the list of excessive alcohol drinkers with just 11.4 percent of their adults reporting excessive drinking, but the state's percentage of alcohol-related driving deaths is quite high at 32 percent. Despite the relatively few adults who binge drink or drink heavily, Tennessee has one of the highest premature death rates of any state.

The CDC defines binge drinking as four or more drinks in a single sitting for women and five or more for men. States with lower excessive drinking rates are often home to lower income populations; and West Virginia is no exception. Heavy drinking is defined as at least eight drinks per week for women and 15 for men.

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