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Where in America are women binge drinking?

March 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM ET

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Women Binge Drinking

In Wisconsin, home of the King of Beers, women admit to getting tanked more than anywhere else in the country. Women in Tennessee, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alabama, on the other hand, know their limits.

For women, binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks on one occasion. This might not seem like a huge deal, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , binge drinking causes 80,000 deaths in America each year. It also increases your chance of being involved in a car crash, violent attack or committing suicide.

Here’s how the states rank for binge drinking: #1 is the state where women are the least likely to get drunk; #50 is the lushiest. The numbers below represent the percentage of women who admit to having four or more drinks on one occasion.

RankState%
1Tennessee3.6
2Mississippi4.7
2West Virginia4.7
4Alabama5.5
5Arkansas5.6
5Utah5.6
7North Carolina6.4
8New Mexico6.5
9South Carolina6.8
10Oklahoma7
11Kentucky7.3
12Georgia7.4
13Arizona8
14Texas8.3
15Florida8.5
16Idaho8.8
16Indiana8.8
18Louisiana8.9
19Kansas9
20Maine9.2
21California9.9
22Pennsylvania10
23Missouri10.1
23New Jersey10.1
23Wyoming10.1
26New York10.4
26Oregon10.4
28Maryland10.6
28New Hampshire10.6
30Colorado11
30Hawaii1
30Ohio11
33Michigan11.2
33Virginia11.2
35Iowa11.3
36Montana11.4
36Washington11.4
38Connecticut11.5
38Rhode Island11.5
40South Dakota11.9
41Delaware12
41Illinois12
43Nevada12.3
44Minnesota12.4
45Vermont12.6
46Alaska12.7
47Massachusetts12.8
48North Dakota13.4
49Nebraska14
50Wisconsin15.4

See the State of Women methodology and sources.

A version of this story originally appeared on iVillage.


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