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New Jersey ranks as the 38th drunkest state in America, according to study

A new study shows the Garden State is the 38th heaviest drinking state in America.

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

SafeHome.org 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:  

Here are key findings in New Jersey:

  • No. 24 in percentage of adults who drink, 57.37%.
  • No. 27 in percentage of adults who binge-drink, 26.1%.
  • No. 36 in change in percentage of adults who drink, 2008-2017, -1.7%.
  • No. 29 in alcohol consumption per person, 2.33 gallons
  • No. 45 in per-capita craft breweries, 1.6 per 100,000

Here are key national findings:

  • The 10 heaviest drinking states are District of Columbia, Vermont, South Dakota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska and Colorado.
  • The 10 lightest drinking states are Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Utah, Hawaii, North Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia.
  • New Mexico has the highest alcohol-related death rate, 31.5 per 100,000 people.
  • Wyoming has the highest alcohol-related arrest rate, 1,418.7 per 100,000 people.
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