Tallahassee makes Top 10 ‘drunkest cities’ list; only one outside Midwest

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Which U.S. cities are the “drunkest”? Using data from the Centers for Disease Control on Americans’ drinking habits, Bustle.com determined which communities tip glasses the most.

The Top 10 cities have higher rates of binge drinking and heavy drinking rates — and all but one is in the Midwest.

That one exception city, in the South: Tallahassee, Florida.

Fargo, N.D. was dubbed the drunkest, with 28 percent of residents deemed “heavy drinkers,” which means drinking more than five drinks on one occasion.

In Fargo, 9.6 percent qualify as heavy drinkers by CDC standards, a designation that for men means having more than two drinks a day and women more than one.

A Fargo bartender suggested that negative 60-type cold weather necessitates drinking for warmth. But Tallahasseeans have no such excuse.

Tallahassee comes in at No. 8 on the list, with 22.2 percent of residents qualifying as binge drinkers and 12.1 percent as heavy drinkers.

This means that while Fargo has Tallahassee beat on binge drinking, overall heavy drinking is higher in Florida’s capital city.

The drunkest cities list, starting with Fargo at No. 1, includes Columbus, Neb.; Missoula, Mont.; Fort Collins, Colo.; Brookings, S.D.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Lawrence, Kan.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Bozeman, Mont.; and Lincoln, Neb.