The Drunkest City In South Carolina Revealed
No judgment here if you choose to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two. I love to end my workday and kick off my evening with a glass of wine. And as long as you are being safe, not driving, and drinking responsibly what’s the harm in that? Unfortunately, not everyone is being safe. And some are overindulging, often. According to 24/7 Wall Street, “approximately 19.0% of adults in the U.S. report regularly consuming unhealthy amounts of alcohol.” But of course, some states consume more or less of that amount. In order to determine which states have the most heavy or binge drinking, 24/7 Wall Street used county health data. They also determined the drunkest city in each state, including South Carolina.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines binge drinking as four or more drinks on a single occasion for women and five or more for men, and heavy drinking as eight or more drinks per week for women and 15 or more for men. It should come as no surprise that the state with the least amount of binge drinking is Utah. Mormons, which the population of Utah is heavily Mormon, don’t drink. It’s against their religion. On the opposite end of the spectrum the drunkest state or the one with the highest binge drinking rates- is Wisconsin. Riddle me that.
South Carolina fell somewhat in the middle, with a 17.4% excessive drinking rate. Good job SC at least it’s lower than the national average. I’ll take that as a win. But perhaps the most interesting part of this data? 24/7 Wall Street also named the drunkest city in each state. And the drunkest city in South Carolina? It’s none other than Charleston/North Charleston. It makes sense being such a tourist hot spot with some incredible bars and restaurants. Bachelorette parties? You know there are drinks consumed on those. Maybe now is not the best time to admit I would like to plan a trip back to Charleston to bar hop.
You can read the full study, list, and methodology directly from 24/7 Wall Street here. Cheers!