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August 2, 2014

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Report: Las Vegas No. 36 on list of country’s ‘drunkest cities’

Cheers, Las Vegans. Despite what you see on the Strip, there are 35 locations ahead of Las Vegas on a list released this week of the country's "drunkest cities."

Las Vegas checks in at No. 36 on The Daily Beast's list. The website says data were gathered for more than 200 metro areas, with The Daily Beast ranking the 40 drunkest cities.

The website used three metrics to compile the list: average number of alcoholic drinks consumed, per person, per month; the percentage of adults who are heavy drinkers and binge drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; and the number of deaths in each city attributed to alcoholic liver disease.

According to The Daily Beast, 17.8 percent Las Vegas’ population are binge drinkers. The city averages 10.32 drinks per person, per month, and had 3.5 people per 100,000 residents die from alcoholic liver disease last year.

Reno, which ranked fifth on the list, averaged 12.13 drinks per person, per month, had an 8.6 percent rate of binge drinkers and had 11.9 deaths per 100,000 residents from alcoholic liver disease.

The drunkest cities, ahead of Reno, were Milwaukee.; Fargo, N.D.; San Francisco and Austin, Texas.

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  1. I believe that bruceb hit the nail on the head. Drinkers in cold climates such as Russia, Finland and our own State of Alaska have developed binge drinking styles that Highbeam Research refers to as "explosive."

  2. I can understand Austin being up there. I worked on 6th Street for a few years, GREAT party town.

    In the meantime, I probably helped raise us from number 37 to 36.

  3. So if one took out all of the drinks consumed by tourists (who do a LOT of drinking), what would the numbers be? Probably "average" at best.
    Is there a 40 least drunk cities list? Outside of maybe Salt Lake City, who would make that list?

  4. This is what happens when you slack off. You fall in the ratings.

    We cut down educational quality and encouraged morons and idiots to live in the Valley and made NUMBER 1 on Beast's Dumbest City list.

    But 36 on this Drunk list is insulting.

    New Years Resolution for 2011...restore Las Vegas to Numero Uno on these "bad boy" lists.

    There is no excuse for this.

    With our SUPERIOR unemployment numbers (Number ONE, baby!), there is no excuse for staying sober, day after day...in a city, where life has no hope for the ENTIRE, foreseeable future.

    Let's form a committee and tear down that stupid sign.

    Welcome to Las Vegas...Home of the Dumbest, Drunkest People in the Land!

    Let's go, Sin City...commit! We have a plan that conforms to our "no future options" finally!!!

  5. Can't be #1 since it's become next to impossible to get a comped drink at a casino anymore.