May 20, 2016
12 Out Of 20 'Drunkest' Cities In Wisconsin, But Which Is The 'Drunkest' One? [Report]

Alcohol is the go-to drink for many Americans, and it has a firm hold on parties, occasions, and gatherings, but its perils deserve a mention, too. In the United States, some 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence, along with several million more who engage in risky binge-drinking patterns that lead to severe alcohol related problems.

According to data from the WHO report published in 2014, United States ranks 47th on the list of countries by per-capita alcohol consumption, but considering the population in the U.S, the amount of alcohol consumed in the land of the free is significant.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse, in 2014, 87.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 71.0 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.9 percent reported that they drank in the past month.

Though alcohol is widely consumed across the nation, the state of Wisconsin seems to have the largest appetite for getting drunk, as the new reports emerging suggest that the state contains 12 of the country's top 20 drunk cities.

According to the list compiled by 24/7 wallstreet, Appleton is the drunkest city in the United states. Fully 18 percent of adults reportedly consume alcohol in an unhealthy manner, but the city of Appleton does not seem to care about the hangover, as 26.8 percent of adults are reported to be involved in unhealthy drinking in Appleton.

Appleton alone has 4.4 drinking establishments per 10,000 residents, compared to an average of 1.6 bars per 10,000 population across the 381 cities covered by the survey.

The complete list features the following cities:
1. Appleton, Wis.

2. Oshkosh, Wis.

3. Green Bay, Wis.

4. Madison, Wis.

5. Fargo

6. La Crosse, Wis.

7. Fond du Lac, Wis.

8. Ames, Iowa

9. Eau Claire, Wis.

10. Mankato, Minn.

11. Wausau, Wis.

12. Sheboygan, Wis.

13. Missoula, Mont.

14. Grand Forks, N.D.

15. Racine, Wis.

16. Janesville, Wis.

17. Milwaukee

18. Lincoln, Neb.

19. Iowa City

20. Corvallis, Ore.

Source: 24/7 Wallstreet

There is a single representative from Minnesota: Manakato sits pretty at 10 despite about a quarter of the adults admitting to heavy drinking. According to Star Tribune, heavy drinking refers to the number of alcoholic beverages consumed per week – 15 or more for men and eight or more for women.

To spot the drunkest cities of the country, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed self-reported binge and heavy drinking rates among adults in U.S. metro areas from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program.

While a night of binge-drinking might not hurt so much, the facts pointed by the stats are worrying. About 31 percent of the total road deaths are associated with drunk driving while nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the fourth-leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

Alcohol abuse not only endangers life, it can also endanger an economy. According to NIAA, in 2010, alcohol abuse problems cost the United States $249.0 billion. Three-quarters of the total cost of alcohol misuse is related to heavy drinking.

Drinking also jeopardizes many families across the country. More than 10 percent of U.S. children live with a parent with alcohol problems, according to a 2012 study.

Alcohol may embody the spirit of young wild and free Americans but crossing the limit can do irreparable damage. Some 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes, while 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking. Fully 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 reported experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

Though excessive drinking is draining the entire U.S economy, with an estimated $249 billion toll on the economy, it can still be a blessing for local businesses. With some exceptions, there are an average of 1.6 bars for every 10,000 residents across the metro areas examined.

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