Study: Minnesota Ranks High In Regular, Binge Drinking

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — New Year’s Eve isn’t the only time Minnesotans drink. Studies show we hit it hard all year.

According to the State’s Health Department, Minnesota usually lands in the top five states for both regular and binge drinking.

The Minnesota Beverage Association said where people are drinking might also be surprising; they’re stocking up at the store and having happy hour at home.

“Sales have been good, busy,” said Melissa Surdyk of Surdyk’s Liquor. “Bunch of items on sale, people are coming in, that’s what’s going the fastest.”

Melissa Surdyk said she thinks the warmer weather is also allowing more people to get to and from the store.

While champagne is coming off store shelves here, bars and restaurants are hoping that people make last minute plans to go out this New Year’s Eve.

“We are not sold out,” said Jason Blair, who works at the Red Stag. “So, you can still come in and make a reservation if you like!”

The Minnesota Beverage Association said they believe there are three factors as to why people are drinking at home and not at the bar.

The biggest reason they said is price — and consumers at Surdyk’s agreed.

“Time to budget right now, so that’s what we’re doing with wine, too,” said Shannon Storey.

The second reason is the fear of what may await drivers on the road, which is a sentiment echoed by shopper, Darcy DeGonda.

“You can have a good time (at home) and maybe indulge a little more and not have to worry about getting home safe,” said DeGonda.

The third reason may be most surprising: The Association said the “man cave craze” keeps more guys at home than in the local bar.

The Red Stag is hoping that if it stays warm, they will get more locals in, who decide last minute to walk.

  • oldwolf49

    I’m from Alaska and I demand a recount!!!!

  • Cheers

    Nothings better than drinking on your days off, 8am bloody mary start, then ease into the capt cokes for the next 10-15hours, rip some pulltabs, ah the good life.

  • Carrie Nation

    Repent Repent and stay away from the Devil’s water. Go to church and pray for redemption from the consumption of evil liquor. John Barley Corn is not your friend brother and sister. Throw that bottle of vile liquid into the gutter! Leave it behind and the debauchery of life it leads you to and come into the light Brother and Sister! Join the Temperance League today and fight the good fight!

    • HaHa

      Lol @ religion you must be kidding, what an epic fail.

    • realist04

      Shut up! Stay out of my business and go bang your bible somewhere else.

  • bloody mary

    End prohibition and we can get stoned all day instead.

    Othewise, our current legislature is such a morale downer that a good stiff drink helps us forget what we did to ourselves.

    Even my St Bernard is carrying a small keg.

  • George

    Finally an explanation for electing Dayton, Franken, and Amy

  • Scott

    If you’re staying in to celebrate the new year, great new website out there for people looking to support local liquor stores and find great deals at

    Have a great new year!

  • Marie

    I don’t suppose the writers of this article and some of the commenters realize that drinking in moderation (read: no more than one or two servings) is healthy.

    And no supposedly kind and loving being is going to torture people eternally for having one glass of wine with a meal. Seriously, some people need to enter the 21st century.

    Red wine in moderation has been shown to be good for you. However, drinking the entire bottle is not so good. If you can’t control your drinking, get help. If you can control it, who cares?

    • jackactionhero

      Oh come on. What fun is only 1 or 2 beers? :)

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