Houston, we have a drinking problem. Yes, according to a report released Wednesday by the CDC, 38 million Americans have an issue with alcohol, and the mess they leave costs the United States $224 billion annually. No, the CDC’s not talking about alcoholism — these Americans just drink too much. As defined by the report, a drinking problem is marked by tendencies to binge drink, consume a large amount of alcohol throughout the week, or get drunk while pregnant or underage.
The CDC reports that our unhealthy drinking habits cause 88,000 deaths per year. Probably something our doctors should be talking to us about.
The CDC also releases data on binge and heavy drinking in each of America’s metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas (translation: where people live). For those of you keeping score, the institute defines binge drinking as five or more alcoholic drinks for men or four or more for women in “one occasion.” Heavy drinking means more than one drink per day for women or two for men.
Bustle broke down the numbers and found that these 10 cities all had a 33% or higher binge-drinking and heavy-drinking rates:
- Fargo, ND
- Columbus, NE
- Missoula, MT
- Fort Collins, CO
- Brookings, SD
- Milwaukee, WI
- Lawrence, KS
- Tallahassee, FL
- Bozeman, MT
- Lincoln, NE
They list Fort Collins at number-four with 26.4% heavy drinkers and 9.3% binge drinkers.