The Hardest-Drinking US Cities

CDC figures dub Austin nation's drinking capital
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 11, 2008 2:45 PM CDT
A scene of the bar-after-bar landscape of Austin's famed Sixth Street is captured here. Every year, the South by Southwest music and film festivals draw thousands of concert-going bar-hoppers.    (Flickr © lloydi)
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(Newser) – Famous for its arts festivals and home to a large college population, Austin, Texas, takes top honors as America’s hardest-drinking city, reports Forbes in its distillation of behavioral data from the CDC. Here are the top 5:

  1. Austin—1 in 5 admit to binge drinking, and 9% of men have two drinks a day.

  1. Milwaukee—70% cop to having had a drink in the last month.
  2. San Francisco—20% have indulged in five drinks or more on one occasion.
  3. Providence, R.I.—64% have had at least one drink in the last month; women who drink daily: 6.3%.
  4. Chicago—62% drink once a month, 20.4% admit to binge drinking.
Belly up to the rest here: