How Do Minnesotans Rank On A National Boozer Scale?
A survey was recently done by Vinepair, titled " State That Drink the Most Alcohol". This survey only took into account the amount of spirits not beer, that people in our 50 states consumed on an annual basis.
I was a little surprised at where Minnesota came in on the survey. I thought we'd at least be in the top 10, but nope. Minnesotans came in at #13. I guess when you don't count beer, it kind of brings thing down a bit.
Another surprise was Texas not even making the top 5. I was a bartender in Houston during the oil boom back in the early to mid 80's. I worked in a very nice restaurant that happened to be on the ground floor of an office building. I was amazed at all the people that would come down every day and have several drinks before returning to work. How does one do that.
Coming in at number 13 is nothing to be ashamed of, or is it? We drink more hard alcohol than most other states. Approximately 2.79 gallons annually a year per capita.
Nationally, the average is 2.35 gallons per capita, which translates into about 501 drinks a year. According to the survey the top 5 boozing states are New Hampshire coming in at #1 followed by Washington D.C. (go figure), Delaware, Nevada and our neighbor, North Dakota coming in at #5
So, CHEERS, I guess.