DRINKING TOO MUCH ALCOHOL: THE BOOZIEST STATES, RANKED

What state parties hardest? You might think California, or maybe New York—but it turns out North Dakota drinks the most alcohol.

Financial news site 24/7 WallStreet reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank which states had the heaviest drinkers. Binge drinking includes at least four drinks for women and five for men in a single instance. Women who drink at least eight alcoholic beverages per week and men who consume at least 15 are considered heavy drinkers.

They found that nearly 25 percent of adults drink excessively in North Dakota.The state also has a high percentage of alcohol-related driving deaths at 46.7 percent.

People in Tennessee appear to have the healthiest relationship with alcohol as only 11.2 percent drink excessively. Despite the lower incidence of alcohol-related accidents, which is at 28 percent, the Volunteer State does have a high rate of premature deaths. According to 24/7 Wall Street, 436 out of 100,000 people die before reaching 75, making it the eighth highest premature death rate in the nation.

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