The 10 Drunkest States in the United States
Updated to include information from the NIAA's most recent study.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Do you enjoy the occasional drink? A schooner in the summer? A seidel on a Sunday? A snifter after supper? No judgment here, and if you're in need of a drinking buddy, you won't have to look far.
Figures from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) which has released its latest analysis on the state of the drinking union, show the states most likely to have a cocktail or two. By tallying sales of alcoholic beverages divided by census population data (all those aged 14 and older, so don't discount those underage guzzlers), the Institute has brewed the numbers and come away with a per capita rate.
As a nation, it's a wonder we get anything done. On average, we consume 2,340 gallons of ethanol (pure alcohol) per capita a year. By poison, that equates to 1,120 gallons of beer, 420 gallons of wine and 800 gallons of spirits.
10th Drunkest State: Idaho
Total alcohol consumed per capita: 2,810 gallons
Beer consumed per capita: 960 gallons
Wine consumed per capita: 1,080 gallons
Spirits consumed per capita: 770 gallons