Which U.S. cities harbor the biggest lushes in America? According to a report published by the Daily Beast, it’s not necessarily the ones you’d think.
Burlington, Vermont opened the ranking at 25th place, with each adult having an average of 13.2 alcoholic drinks per month (to be fair, we’d probably do the same in such a craft-beer mecca, with the likes of Alchemist, Switchback Brewing Co., and Hill Farmstead all in striking distance). Meanwhile, Las Vegas came in at a rather tame 21st place, despite its reputation for indulgence (perhaps it’s just the visitors who drink like fish).
Less surprising was the number one spot, occupied by Boston. Beantown residents average 15.6 alcoholic drinks per month, a number that may be inflated by the long nights of the Red Sox season.
To rank the top 25 drunkest cities, the Daily Beast team employed a two-pronged approach. Firstly, they looked at the average number of alcoholic drinks enjoyed by an adult individual each month in various metro areas, as supplied by Experian Marketing Services. They then cross-referenced these numbers with data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on percentages of binge versus heavy drinkers among residents.
Based on both, the math broke down as such: “For the final ranking, the average drinks per month rank was weighted 50 percent; the binge-drinking and the heavy-drinking population for each metro area each got a 25 percent weighting.”
[via The Daily Beast]