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Drunkest cities in America

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by blowtorch, May 17, 2018.

  1. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
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  2. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2016
    Pretty much any colleege town in the middle of nowhere that also has bad winters = very heavy drinking. I live within an afternoon drive of half that list.
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  3. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Something about the middle of the US?
  4. dogmeat

    dogmeat Tele-Holic

    Oct 12, 2017
    Fairbanks is the first town to come to mind for me... but have limited experience...
  5. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Friend of Leo's

    Oct 30, 2017
    Midwest is well represented. No surprise.

    Clevelanders need to start bending their elbows a little more!
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  6. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Not as much to do compared to other parts of the country, and you spend long hours stuck inside due to weather.
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  7. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    Not surprised by Missoula, but geez, Wisconsin? Don't drive after the bars close in Wisconsin.

    Do the bars ever close in Wisconsin?
  8. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    Good to see LaCrosse come in at #10!

    I lived there for a year '95-'96. It was a real good time! At that time, I think hey had the US record for most bars per-capita. 3rd and 4th street were where I gigged.

    Little town of 60k. And you could make a living there playing music. Because there were just SO many bars, and they all had music.

    One of the best years of my life.
  9. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 21, 2011
    I spent a couple of months in Racine Wisconsin one week around 1772. I'm not sure how they keep people there, but one lady I met there said, her old man brought her to that place in the spring the year before. She said, when the weather warms up, I'm getting out of this town if I have to walk, and carry a suitcase ever step of the way.
  10. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Holic

    Mar 19, 2014
    Madrid, Spain, EU
    I think the drunkest city en America should be Santiago de Chile, I remember reading that people in Chile drunk about 3 litre more per capita than the rest of the world
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  11. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    We here in Oz simply regard drinking as a national pastime.
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  12. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    I've only spent 17 days on US soil - driving Route 66 in Oct 2013. Therefore, not exactly the most in-depth qualification for this observation - but I can only say it as I see it. However, we spent most evenings in the town / city bars along the way. Amarillo was, in my recollection, the one where we saw the most individuals in advanced states of "refreshment".

    Albuquerque wasn't too far behind but Amarillo was noticeably top of the list of R66 watering holes when we were there.
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  13. jondanger

    jondanger Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 27, 2011
    Charm City, MD
    So the top line numbers are the self-reporting numbers. This is where there is the greatest variation between the drunkest and driest cities. There is much less variation in the stats on percentage of car accidents which involve alcohol and bars per 100,000 people, which are the numbers in the survey which don’t implicitly factor in respondents’ shame.

    What this article tells me is that people mostly drink to excess similarly throughout the US, they just feel less bad about it in the upper Midwest.
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  14. RoyalBaby

    RoyalBaby Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 23, 2013
    Birmingham, UK
    I tried to find the U.K. equivalent, got some figures from 2015 about rates of alcohol related hospital admissions in England.I think a lot of people would have guessed this right as at number 1 was Blackpool ( the Hen and Stag capital of Britain). Overall it’s a very ( although not exclusively) northern list.

    Alcohol consumption per capita by country looks to be dominated by Eastern Europe and primarily Muslim countries ( unsuprisingly) holding up the bottom of the table.

    Still don’t know the UK’s drunkest town. I used to know the U.K. ‘s cheapest pub - the landlord would buy up about to expire barrels from other pubs and that would be that day's special. If you wanted to get drunk and didn't care what beer or lager you had it was the place to go. Well done West Bromwich ( for anyone outside the UK it's a town famous for...hang on...apart from the cheap booze and the second rate football club...still thinking...the birthplace of Phil Lynott and the chap who took Methodism to the USA. They were different people, just to be clear, Phil Lynott wasn't encouraging crowds both to rock and abstain from gambling).
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  15. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Jul 24, 2009
    Ada, MI
    But really that list was almost exclusively WI, IA, and ND. everything you said applies to MI and yet not one city mentioned.
  16. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

    Oct 29, 2013
    If you had stuck around longer, they might have named the town after you. :D
  17. jsnwhite619

    jsnwhite619 Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    I've got a couple friends in Queensland, and a week with them takes years off of my life. Totally worth it though.
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  18. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    Dude, it's Amarillo. If you had to live there, you'd stay drunk, too!

    Disclaimer: As a native Texan, and well traveled individual, I can confidently say that Amarillo is the sweaty and unkempt armpit of the Earth.
  19. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 26, 2003
    The North Coast
    I prefer to think of it as the perfect accompaniment to pretty much any pastime.
  20. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    Athens Ohio on Halloween night comes to mind.
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