America's Drunkest City
Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Following is a ranking of "America'sDrunkest Cities" as compiled by Forbes.com. The Beer Institute reported that 15.875 million barrels of beer were consumed in the U.S. in July, a 0.2 percent fall from a year earlier. The methodology used to determine "America's Drunkest City" is in the note following the table.
1. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
3. Columbus, Ohio
4. Boston, Massachusetts
5. Austin, Texas
Note: The methodology to determine America's Drunkest Cities is as follows: To determine America's Drunkest Cities, we started with a list of the largest continental U.S. metropolitan areas--geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics. Thirty-five candidate cities were chosen based on availability of data and geographic diversity.
Each city was ranked in five areas: state laws, drinkers, heavy drinkers, binge drinkers and alcoholism. Each metro was assigned a score in each category, based on quantitative data. All five categories were then totaled into a final score, which was sorted into our final rankings.
State Laws: Cities were ranked on a scale of 1 to 8, based on the state laws affecting alcohol sales and consumption in the area, where a city ranked #1 has the least restrictive policies. We considered factors like the letter grades from Mothers Against Drunk Driving's Rating The States report; whether the state has passed laws banning open containers of alcohol in a car; and whether large containers of alcohol like beer kegs must be tagged with identifiers linking them to their purchaser.
Drinkers: Cities were ranked 1 to 35, based on the number of adults who reported having had at least one drink of alcohol within the past 30 days in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey,2004. The higher a city's rank, the larger the percentage of its population are alcohol consumers.
Heavy Drinkers: Cities were ranked 1 to 35, based on the number of adult men whoreported having had more than two drinks per day, and adult women having had morethan one drink per day, in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, 2004. The higher a city's rank,the larger the percentage of its population are heavy drinkers.
Binge Drinkers: Cities were ranked 1 to 35, based on the number of adults whoreported having had five or more drinks on one occasion in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey, 2004. Thehigher a city's rank, the larger the percentage of its population are binge drinkers.
"Alcoholism": Cities were ranked based on the number of Alcoholics Anonymous meetingsheld in the area, as a proportion of the number of residents over the legal drinking age. Higher-ranking cities reported more meetings per capita._______________________
Congratulations to Miguel and Ivan for helping put Minneapolis and Boston on the chart, respectively. Let's do our part to put New York on the map.
NB: Those are my quotation marks around "alcoholism."