MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A recent report from the financial news website 24/7 Wall St. lists four Wisconsin metro areas as the drunkest cities in America.
Topping the list was Appleton, which is home to the largest percentage of binge and heavy drinkers in the country. According to the report, 26.8 percent of the adult population drinks to excess. The national rate is 18 percent.
The second slot on the list went to the Oshkosh-Neenah metro area, which has a similarly high percentage of adults who drink excessively (26 percent).
Third place went to Titletown U.S.A. Slightly more than a quarter of the adult population in Green Bay (25.6 percent) reports drinking to excess. Moreover, nearly half of the driving deaths in the area (47.5 percent) involve alcohol – that’s the seventh highest such percentage in the country.
The capital of Wisconsin comes in a fourth on the list. Again, nearly a quarter of the adult population in Madison (25.5 percent) reports drinking to excess.
The fifth slot on the list includes a part of Minnesota. The Fargo area has an adult population that can keep up with any town in Wisconsin in terms of excessive drinking.
Other Minnesota areas on the list include Mankato (number 10), the area near the border town of Grand Forks, North Dakota (number 14).
Of the top 20 drunkest metro areas in the country, 11 are listed in Wisconsin.
The soberest cities in the country are in Utah, a state with a large population of Mormons, for which alcohol is forbidden.