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The fearsome news Voltron that is the Daily News Beastweek has compiled a list of the 40 Drunkest Cities in the US, using the average number of drinks consumed per person in a month. So how did your city fare?

Well, the results are somewhat surprising! Here are the top ten:

  • 1. Milwaukee, WI
  • 2. Fargo, ND
  • 3. San Francisco, CA
  • 4. Austin, TX
  • 5. Reno, NV
  • 6. Burlington, VT
  • 7. Omaha, NE
  • 8. Boston, MA
  • 9. Anchorage, AK
  • 10. San Diego, CA

So most of those make sense. Boston, obviously. The Midwest, clearly. But San Francisco? That seems odd. I guess you have to factor in all the fancy wine and fruity cocktails consumed at summer garden parties. (Everyone in San Francisco is gay, you see). Otherwise America’s gay lagoon doesn’t strike me as a very drinky-drinky city.

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Found by Cinàedh.




  1. foobar says:

    Maybe Cedar Rapids will make the top 10 next year?

  2. SteveoA3D says:

    12.76 beers a month, thats a weekend in Milwaukee. I live in Milwaukee and the 92 year old lady next door has one Miller a night before bed and has for 70 years.

  3. Special Ed says:

    “(Everyone in San Francisco is gay, you see).

    When they go to those bars they can get their stool pushed in.

  4. Floyd says:

    I live in Albuquerque which has a lot of cops out there just to do DWI roadblocks. It seems to help, though there have been several wrong way accidents on the local freeways in the last year.

    I used to live in Minneapolis, which seems to be clueless about DWI (a sober policeman and his wife were killed by a drunk while I lived there).

  5. SimonSezz says:

    I figured Wisconsin would be on top, it’s always ranked as the #1 state for drunk driving. I drive there every other weekend and it seems like in the evening 1 out of 4 cars is swerving into multiple lanes.

  6. daladams says:

    #3
    Someone pushed your head up your ass

  7. LucasJV says:

    Tells a lot about the diggnation guys in fact; they’ve held live shows in 3 of the top 5 cities.. 🙂

  8. Sai Kai Lee says:

    I live in British Columbia, where even *thinking* about drinking is enough to push you over the legal limit…

    unless you are RCMP that is…. har har!

  9. wirelessg says:

    I know that this is primarily a resident survey, but New Orleans at #25 completely destroys the newsworthiness of this survey.

  10. Yankinwaoz says:

    #9… I think the stats come from a city wide total over a year. Not a one street (Burbon St) for 1 week of the year.

  11. Special Ed says:

    #6 – fudgepacker are ya?

  12. Cursor_ says:

    Surprise?

    Hell all of those town have really nothing else to do BUT drink.

    I would wager any town in a location that is either depressed financially, so far away from something to do or so far north that summer is 15 minutes long would be heavily hitting the sauce.

    Cursor_

  13. EdB says:

    If you think SF is a surprise you’re visiting the wrong neighborhoods. Drop by Valencia Street (trendy and mostly straight, BTW) on any Friday or Saturday night and watch the bottles drain.

  14. Still_Walking_Point says:

    San Diego, simple, Navy and Marines.

  15. Mac Guy says:

    Milwaukee #1! Way to go, hometown!

  16. foobar says:

    Wow, Special Ed is a Bristol Palin wannabe.

  17. Buzz Mega says:

    Here in Hollywood, we gave up alcohol back in the

  18. Stopher2475 says:

    Dammit, my city is not on there! Excuse me people, I have work to do.

  19. msbpodcast says:

    In NYC its hookers and blow.

    I live just across the Hudson and here its beer, wine. (We tent to drink hard liquor where we don’t have to drive home. [You do NOT wana run afoul of a Joyzee cop, okay! {They’re not the sharpest knives in the drawer and will tear you a new one, just because, okay. (“Quid custodiet ipso custodes” indeed.)}])

  20. msbpodcast says:

    Anchorage AK is there of course.

    Half the state is still trying to wake up from the binge that elected Sarah Palin while the other half drink to forget that she got in.

    But what can you expect from such lusty people.

    After all, they all look like husky f*ckers.

  21. admfubar says:

    well that was a lot of nothing…
    i wander what will be next from the daily beast..
    lets see top 40 cities for breathing air..
    ” ”’ ” ” ” ”’ ” drinking water
    ” ”’ ” ” ” ”’ ” using the internets
    ” ”’ ” ” ” ”’ ” reading dvorak.org/blog
    hhhmmm

  22. Thomas says:

    TBH, San Diego surprises me more than SF. Lots of great wine and craft beer drinking in SF. Lots of bars with great mixed drinks. SD must be based entirely on the Corona crowd.

  23. It’s really annoying to read naive writers. San Francisco has always been at the top of the list for bars per capita. This has been a solid trend since the Barbary Coast days. I actually expected SF to come in at number one.

  24. Special Ed says:

    foobar – actually I’m really fond of lesbians and the whiskered biscuit.

  25. gear says:

    Considering how early the bars have to close in Boston, it should get a higher rating for consumption per minute-per person.

  26. foobar says:

    Well actually, now I think about it. I’ve been hungover in 8 of the 10 cities. That’s uncanny.

  27. deowll says:

    When I started driving the main risk was getting killed by some idiot drunk driving or a young adult with a lot of hormones and no brains. Now the texters and people talking on the phone are at least as likely to kill you.

  28. J says:

    I have lived in 5 of the top 10 cities. The irony is I have never had any alcoholic drink ever.

    [That means that when you wake up in the morning, that’s as good as you’re going to feel all day. – ed.]

  29. Uncle Dave says:

    Having grown up in Milwaukee, it being at the top makes sense. In fact, I remember a report decades ago that said Milwaukee was number 2 to New York, and that was because of the size of NY. Not sure what happened to NY since then.

    There were many neighborhoods in Milwaukee where there was a bar on almost every corner of an intersection.

  30. fulanoche says:

    What’s in the Philly water that’s protecting the liver?


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