September 11-15, 2017


Where Biggest U.S. Drinkers Live

America's thirst for alcohol might know no boundaries, but certain parts of the country do seem especially parched. No state handles its alcohol quite like New Hampshire, according to per capita consumption data shared by the Beer Institute. The libertarian New England state guzzles down more booze per person—some 40.8 gallons per year—than any other U.S. state, by The Beer Institute's estimates. In fact, it's not even all that close. Next in line are North Dakota, Montana, Nevada, and Vermont, which sip on just under 35, 34, 33, and 32 gallons per person, per year, respectively. Part of that might be the result of cross-border sales—there is no sales tax in New Hampshire, after all, and the state's liquor commission believes as much as 50 percent of its alcohol sales are bought by residents of neighboring states. But the per capita estimates are meant to account, at least in part, for that quirk. Meaning that while the nearly 41 gallon number might be a tad inflated, it's unlikely off