This Is the State That Drinks the Most Alcohol, According to Data

Here's how much booze is being consumed where you live.

Whether it's raising a glass during a celebration or simply unwinding after a long day, alcohol is a part of everyday life for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, even though having a few drinks now and then might feel harmless, science has shown us that there are definitely consequences to overindulging: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for about 95,000 deaths a year in the United States. But data shows there can be a big difference between each state and how much alcohol is typically consumed.

A study released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that a total of 7.8 billion gallons of alcohol were consumed by Americans in 2018. This brought the national per capita consumption to 2.35 gallons per person—or about 501 drinks each year—with an overall breakdown of 570 million gallons of hard liquor, 900 million gallons of wine, and 6.3 billion gallons of beer.

Data from the study show that while per capita alcohol consumption is still below the peak that was reached during the early '80s, levels have been slowly rising for nearly two decades. And while it might seem like diseases such as alcoholism could be responsible for the increase, CDC data finds that nine out of 10 adults of the 37 million who binge drink each week—which is defined as consuming four or more drinks on an occasion for a woman or five or more for a man—do not have an alcohol use disorder.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's 2018 study, there's a good chance how much you drink could be affected by whether you live in Maine or Montana. Read on to see how much alcohol your home state drinks each year per person, and which one takes down the most drinks overall.

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Utah

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 1.35 gallons

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West Virginia

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 1.74 gallons

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Arkansas

The skyline of Little Rock, Arkansas at dawn
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 1.78 gallons

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Oklahoma

The skyline of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 1.85 gallons

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Georgia

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 1.9 gallons

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Kansas

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 1.92 gallons

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Kentucky

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 1.95 gallons

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Alabama

The skyline of Mobile, Alabama at dusk
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 1.99 gallons

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Ohio

city skyline of Cincinnati, Ohio at dusk
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.03 gallons

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Maryland

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.08 gallons

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Virginia

The skyline of Richmond, Virginia at sunset.
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.13 gallons

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Tennessee

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.14 gallons

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Indiana

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.15 gallons

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Nebraska

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.16 gallons

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South Carolina

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.16 gallons

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Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, USA cityscape at dusk.
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.17 gallons

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North Carolina

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.17 gallons

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New York

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.21 gallons

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Washington

Seattle, Washington
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.22 gallons

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Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.25 gallons

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Texas

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.26 gallons

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New Mexico

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.26 gallons

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Pennsylvania

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.34 gallons

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Michigan

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.36 gallons

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New Jersey

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.36 gallons

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South Dakota

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.37 gallons

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Illinois

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.39 gallons

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Iowa

cityscape photo of buildings, a street, and statue from behind in downtown Des Moines, Iowa at dusk
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.39 gallons

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Connecticut

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.4 gallons

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California

The skyline of Los Angeles, California at sunset.
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.49 gallons

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Missouri

city skyline and Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.51 gallons

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Louisiana

cityscape photos of bars and restaurants on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana at twilight
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.55 gallons

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Massachusetts

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.55 gallons

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Florida

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.61 gallons

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Rhode Island

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.63 gallons

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Hawaii

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.66 gallons

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Oregon

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.74 gallons

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Wyoming

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.78 gallons

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Minnesota

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.79 gallons

Maine

townhouses and building behind a lake in Portland, Maine
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.85 gallons

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Alaska

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.85 gallons

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Colorado

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.88 gallons

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Wisconsin

The skyline of Milwaukee, Wisconsin at sunset
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.93 gallons

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Idaho

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 2.94 gallons

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Vermont

An aerial view of Montpelier, Vermont
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 3.06 gallons

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Montana

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 3.1 gallons

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North Dakota

cityscape photo Fargo, North Dakota in the afternoon
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 3.16 gallons

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Nevada

cityscape photo of the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada at dusk
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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 3.42 gallons

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Delaware

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 3.52 gallons

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New Hampshire

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Average annual amount of alcohol per person: 4.67 gallons

Zachary Mack
Zachary covers beer, wine, food, spirits, and travel. He's the owner of Alphabet City Beer Co. in New York City and is a Certified Cicerone. Read more
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