Who Drinks The Most Beer In The US?

Who drinks the most beer in the United States? The Beer Institute recently revealed its complete listing of all 50 states and how they measure up in the amount of beer shipped and amount consumed per person.

According to the report, which can be seen in its entirety below, California received more shipments of malt beverages than any state in the union, but it was North Dakota that drank the most per person.

California received a little more than 22.3 million 31-gallon barrels in 2012. Number two was Texas, which brought in just under 19.9 million barrels. But with the two states boasting 27.1 million and 17.9 million persons at age 21 or older, respectively, they weren’t even close to taking the top spot on per capita.

In a statement to UPI, the Beer Institute noted that beer consumption rose 1.5 percent in 2012 as the economy began to come back and above normal winter and spring temperatures helped boost beer sales.

As for the per capita champ, North Dakota only received 753,150 31-gallon barrels, but its small 21+ population of 509,226 made for an astounding 45.8 gallons of beer consumption per person for the year.

Compared to the national average of just 28.2 gallons per person, North Dakota residents are drinking average Americans under the table by about 38 percent.

Rounding out the top five per capita were New Hampshire (No. 2), Montana (No. 3), South Dakota (No. 4), and Wisconsin (No. 5). In other words, if you live in a smaller northern state, chances are pretty good that you like your beer.

If you’re wondering where your state falls in the order of who drinks the most beer, we’ve got complete stats in the image below.

In other drinking statistics, recent drinking analysis published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics claimed Americans were drinking too much alcohol.

Intake data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2009 to 2010 were analyzed and 24-hour dietary recalls were collected from 2,740 men and 2,941 women. The Inquisitr previously reported that all subjects were of legal drinking age (21) and older. It was estimated, based on projected terms of the study, 36 percent of men and 21 percent of women consumed alcohol on any given day.

A separate study from February 2013 revealed that one in 30 cancer deaths are blamed on alcohol consumption.

As for the Beer Institute’s study on who drinks the most, the average for North Dakotans is almost one gallon per week. How do you measure up?

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