This Map Of The Drunkest States In America Has A Winner I Never Would Have Guessed

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I consider myself a pretty honest person but there are a few cases where I have no problem telling little white lies, like when my doctor asks me how many drinks I have per week.

If we calculated how much the average person drinks based on their response to the question on the form you fill out during your visit, I’m guessing the answer would be “Um, a couple? Maybe a few? Yeah. Just a few.”

There’s nothing wrong with fudging the truth every once in a while.

People tend to be a bit more straightforward when they don’t feel like they’re being judged which is why you can put a lot more faith into anonymous surveys tracking the habits of drinkers.

VinePair took a look at a number of those surveys to figure out the states that drink the most (and the least) alcohol in the country and mapped out the results by analyzing how much ethanol the average person consumes per year.

Here’s how the numbers shape up.

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If you’re too lazy to read the graphic, here are the states that go the hardest:

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Delaware
  4. Nevada
  5. North Dakota

Congratulations New Hampshire. You deserve a drink or five to celebrate.

It’s not exactly shocking that Nevada made the list and D.C. isn’t much less of a surprise when you consider the amount of wining and dining that takes place in the city (as well as the stress drinking that comes with being in charge of running the country).

When it comes to which states drink the least, I doubt you’ll be astounded by which one took home the title:

  1. Utah
  2. West Virginia
  3. Arkansas
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Kansas

Utah was a given but I’m honestly amazed that West Virginia ranked so low based on the volume of moonshine produced in Appalachia as well as the amount of booze that’s consumed at WVU, which is the nation second-best party school.

I guess it’s time for those students to step their game up.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.