How Drunk is DC?
We’re tied with San Francisco, ranked 20th out of 35 cities compared in Forbes’ America’s Drunkest Cities.
20th out of 35? I guess that’s pretty respectable. I put our stats below. You can read the study’s methodology here.
State Laws 4 (score out of 8)
Drinkers 14 (rank out of 35)
Heavy Drinkers 24 (rank out of 35)
Binge Drinkers 25 (rank out of 35)
Alcoholism 16 (rank out of 35)
Our numbers suggest a weird parabola of moderation. Our liquor laws are mildly restrictive. We’re not especially hardcore drinkers, our heavies and bingers are in the back of the pack. But we’re not teetottalers either and our score is buoyed by social drinkers who had at least one drink in the past month but fewer than two per day on average. But those heavies and bingers we do have must be going to AA meetings because we’re ranked 16th in that area.
That last figure is interesting, especially compared to a city like Philly which has absurdly high scores (6th for social drinkers, 4th for heavy drinkers, 5th for bingers) but ranks for 30th for AA attendees as a percentage of its population. Maybe Washingtonians are just more likely to realize they have a problem?
Finally, some will be cheered to hear that DC beat NYC, #32, if this is an important contest to you.