[Hpn] BINGE DRINKING and WELFARE OFF THE ROLES HIGHEST IN WISCONSIN
Wed, 26 Apr 2000 06:45:38 -0500
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BINGE DRINKING HIGHEST IN WISCONSIN [Is there a connection?]
Perhaps it is the thirst for beer among its residents of
predominantly German-American ancestry, but Wisconsin leads the
states in binge drinking, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. More than 23 percent of the state's
adults report having five or more drinks at one sitting -- which
the agency defines as binge drinking.
o The U.S. median is 14.5 percent of the population which
engages in binge drinking.
o Residents of South Dakota, Nevada, Michigan and North
Dakota are also at the top of the list of those engaged
in the practice.
o At the tail-end of the list are residents of Maryland,
Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Ohio.
Wisconsin also leads the states in the percentage of residents
who drink alcohol, followed by Massachusetts. Utah has the
highest percentage of teetotalers, with only 28 percent of
adults saying they sometimes drink alcohol.
Source: Dirk Johnson, "Wisconsin Again Leads U.S. in Adult
Drinking," New York Times, April 25, 2000.
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