A new study shows Tennessee ranks 40th among the states and the District of Columbia in measures of alcohol consumption. Georgia and Alabama were also among the lightest drinking states, according to the study.
The study, titled "The Drunkest States in America" was released Friday by SafeHome.org.
According to the analysis of alcohol consumption data, the 10 heaviest drinking states (and D.C.) are District of Columbia, Vermont, South Dakota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska and Colorado.
Quoting the study, here are the results for Tennessee in five categories:
— Tennessee ranks No. 45 in percentage of adults who drink alcohol, 47.16%.
— No. 48 in percentage of adults who binge-drink, 22.0%.
— No. 4 in change in percentage of adults who drink, 2008-2017, +6.7%.
— No. 42 in alcohol consumption per person, 2.11 gallons.
— No. 37 in per capita craft breweries, 1.9 per 100,000.
Overall, about 60% of Americans say they have regular drinks, and the annual average consumption is 2.3 gallons. The sources for the study were the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, among others.
The 10 lightest drinking states, according to the study, are Arkansas (No. 51), Georgia (No. 50), Mississippi, Alabama (No. 48), Oklahoma, Utah, Hawaii, North Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia.
The state with the highest alcohol-related death rate is New Mexico and the state with the highest alcohol-related arrest rate is Wyoming.
Drinking is a big part of American culture. Nearly 60% of Americans say they are regular drinkers and the average American consumes 2.3 gallons of alcohol each year.