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Study finds state 44th in heavy drinking

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North Carolina – A new study by SafeHome.org shows North Carolina is the No. 44 heaviest drinking state in America. Alcohol is a big part of American culture. Something that’s well-known here in the areas near to Beer City (Asheville).

Nearly 60% of Americans say they are regular drinkers and the average American consumes 2.3 gallons of alcohol annually. Not drinking responsibly can lead to accidents and health issues.

SafeHome.org, today, released a study titled The Drunkest States in America, which analyzed the most recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, among others.

The state rankings were determined by analyzing the following consumption patterns and here are the key findings in North Carolina:

• No. 44 in percentage of adults who drink, 48.09%.

• No. 47 in percentage of adults who binge-drink, 22.0%.

• No. 45 in change in percentage of adults who drink, 2008-2017, -6.0%.

• No. 39 in alcohol consumption per person, 2.13 gallons

• No. 19 in per-capita craft breweries, 3.7 per 100,000

National, the study found the ten heaviest drinking states are District of Columbia, Vermont, South Dakota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska and Colorado.

The ten lightest drinking states are Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Utah, Hawaii, North Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia.

In other findings from the study, New Mexico has the highest alcohol-related death rate, 31.5 per 100,000 people and Wyoming has the highest alcohol-related arrest rate, 1,418.7 per 100,000 people.

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