‘Drunkest’ U.S. cities

“Drunkest” cities:

  1. Fresno, Calif.
  2. Reno, Nev.
  3. Billings, Mont.
  4. Riverside, Calif.
  5. Austin
  6. St. Louis
  7. San Antonio
  8. Lubbock, Texas
  9. Tucson
  10. Bakersfield, Calif.

“Least drunk” cities:

  1. Boston
  2. Yonkers, N.Y.
  3. Rochester, N.Y.
  4. Salt Lake City
  5. Miami
  6. Newark
  7. Durham, N.C.
  8. New York City
  9. Fort Wayne, Ind.
  10. Manchester, N.H.


Three Texas cities making the “drunkest” top ten didn’t surprise me, especially Lubbock because from what I hear, out of all Texas schools, Tech students loves them some beer.

But seeing Boston as the #1 least drunk city was quite surprising to me.  While visiting a few years ago, it seemed like there were quite a few bars with lots of Red Sox fans drinking and enjoying the game.  I guess they just know how to drink responsibly.

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4 Responses to ‘Drunkest’ U.S. cities

  1. Buddy Patton says:

    Are you sure your not prejudging the Irish citizenry of Boston?? Just kidding.

  2. dan says:

    I could not get the link to open up so I could see how the list was created, but there is no way that Mormon Salt Lake City has more drunks than college/sports town Boston.

  3. jonathan says:

    The Lubbock thing cracks me up. Lubbock was a dry city as recently as 6 months ago.

    I spent years living in Dallas, and had many more encounters with the late-night drunk college student. 🙂 Now if somebody wants to rank dustiest cities, we win hands down!

    • Dude says:

      Haven't lived in Lubbock since college days in the 80's… but they still sell beer in bars and restaurants, right? Check.

      And all of the city fathers still own the liquor stores out on the "strip" located just outside city limits, right? CHECK

      If you look at the stats in the original article you'll see that Lubbock fared poorly because of Alcohol related Liver Deaths, Fatal Crashes due to Alcohol, and poor enforcement of DUI and Laws (cities with greatest effort to cut down on drunkeness). Tech student's "binge drinking" only ranked them at 35th… if you look at the bass-ackwards way the chart was done, the lower the number on that stat the better (city with lowest number of binge drinkers #1, city with highest number of drinkers #100). So to my mind, it is the CITY of Lubbock who bears most of the blame.

      And Boston ranked #78 (which translates to twelfth highest) incidents of binge drinking… They should have included public intoxication arrests in these stats… that would have accounted for cities like Boston where you are walking or taking the T instead of only having DUI. And is ANYONE surprised that the top ten places in America with laws against ANYTHING are all in California!?!?!?

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