Top Ten Booziest Towns


This might be the understatement of the year, but hard drinking is just not good for your health. While Americans may be drinking less beer and more wine, some cities still party on by drinking more of everything. Binge drinking is a public health problem leading to injuries from drunk driving a well as violent assaults, not to mention the damage it can do to the liver.

Forbes compiled a list of America's hard-drinking cities. Based on a 2007 survey by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Forbes ranked the cities according to how their residents answer these three questions: whether they had at least one drink of alcohol within the past 30 days; whether men had more than two drinks per day or women one drink per day; and whether they had five or more drinks on one occasion — this is the question that indicates binge drinking. The cities were ranked on the percentage of their population responding affirmatively to all the questions.

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1 — Austin, TX
2 — Milwaukee, WI
3 — San Francisco, CA
4 — Providence, RI
5 — Chicago, IL
8 — Seattle, WA
8 — Cleveland, OH
8 — St. Louis, MO
9 — Boston, MA
10 — Cincinnati, OH

I find lists like these fascinating, though not exactly representative of the entire population of those cities. Interesting to note, that SF was ranked the number one city for women's health, while Cincinnati ranked close to the top as the unhealthiest place for women. Milwaukee made it into the top ten fittest cities in the US. Austin and San Francisco both placed in the top five walkable cities, hopefully lowering the chances of their binge drinkers driving while inebriated. So go figure? But do drink responsibly when you do drink and might I remind you that there are at least five healthy reasons to stop after drinking one glass of wine.

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