10 of America's Least Boozy States

Americans love their booze. In 2012, 71% of US residents reported having consumed an alcoholic beverage in the past year, and about half of people over the age of 18 identified as regular drinkers, according to a survey by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Only 13% said they were infrequent drinkers, consuming less than 11 drinks in the past year.


But geography may play a role in determining Americans’ drinking habits, with average alcohol intake varying pretty widely from one state to the next. Liberty-loving New Hampshire is the booziest state, according to this map, followed by Washington, DC.

But which states are the least boozy? The Street put together this list of the 10 US states with the lowest percentage of reported binge drinking sessions in the last month. You may not be surprised at the inclusion of some of ‘em…

10. Alabama

Binge Drank in the Last Month19.79%

9. Idaho

Binge Drank in the Last Month: 19.78%

8. Vermont

Percentage of People that Binge Drank in the Last Month: 19.71%

7. Virginia

Percentage of People that Binge Drank in the Last Month: 19.51%

6. Mississippi

Percentage of People that Binge Drank in the Last Month: 19.49%

5. Georgia

Percentage of People that Binge Drank in the Last Month: 18.94%

4. West Virginia

Percentage of People that Binge Drank in the Last Month: 18.94%

3. Tennessee

Percentage of People that Binge Drank in the Last Month: 17.21%

2. North Carolina

Percentage of People that Binge Drank in the Last Month: 17%

1. Utah

Percentage of People that Binge Drank in the Last Month: 15.65%

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