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These Iowa Cities Are Some Of The Drunkest In The U.S.

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It shouldn’t stun you that many Midwesterners take pride in their drinking ability. I mean, it pretty much snows eight months out of the year, what else are we supposed to do? So it’s probably not shocking to find that almost all of America’s drunkest cities reside in the Central time zone. What may surprise you is how well Iowa is represented on this list.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of adults 18+ who reported heavy drinking in 381 metropolitan areas. The site also researched other factors, like the number of bars as well as the percentage of driving deaths involving alcohol.

Top 20 Drunkest U.S. Cities

#19: Ames, IA

» Pct. adults drinking to excess: 22.7%
» Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 15.0%
» Est. number of bars: 20

22.7% of adults in the Ames metro area drink excessively, one of the highest such shares nationwide and the third highest share in Iowa. I’m sure being the home of Iowa State University has absolutely nothing to do with this…

#14: Dubuque, IA

» Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.0%
» Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 40.0%
» Est. number of bars: 33

23% of adults drink excessively in Dubuque, the second highest share of any Iowa metro area and well above the 18.0% national share. I’m sure being the home of Clarke University, Loras College & the University of Dubuque has absolutely nothing to do with this…

#13: Iowa City, IA

» Pct. adults drinking to excess: 23.1%
» Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 17.7%
» Est. number of bars: 45

Iowa City leads the way statewide in excessive drinking, and only a dozen U.S. cities have outpaced the Old Capitol. I’m sure being the home of the University of Iowa has absolutely nothing to do with this…

Iowans may party hard…but we’ve got nothing on Wisconsin. The home of Miller, Leinenkugel, Potosi, New Glarus, etc., has TEN entries on this list, including five of the top six! Get the complete rankings HERE. Cheers!

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