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10 of the 'drunkest cities' in America are in Wisconsin

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Posted at 3:40 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 17:34:18-04

It may not come as a surprise to native Wisconsinites - a recent analysis of the country's drinking habits by financial website 24/7 Wall St. found that ten of the "drunkest cities" in America are located in Wisconsin.

Here's how Wisconsin's cities fared on the list:

  • 20th - Milwaukee/Waukesha/West Allis metro area
  • 15th - Sheboygan
  • 12th - Fond du Lac
  • 10th - La Crosse
  • 9th - Wausau
  • 6th - Oshkosh/Neenah
  • 4th - Madison
  • 3rd - Appleton
  • 2nd - Eau Claire
  • 1st - Green Bay

To create their rankings, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of adults 18 and older who report binge or heavy drinking "within a 30-day period across 381 metro areas." That data was provided by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. 

Other data on things like bars per capita were provided by County Business Patterns, which is maintained by the US Census Bureau.

Wisconsin's relationship with alcohol is, of course, the subject of much discussion, especially in the state legislature. The Dairy State led the nation in interlock driving stops last year, just part of the reason lawmakers introduced new bills earlier in 2017 that will try to fight drunk driving.