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West Virginia Ranks 49 in Alcohol Consumption
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on June 04, 2014 @ 7:10PM
Created on June 04, 2014 @ 6:39PM

New Hampshire officially has the highest drinking rate in the United States.

According to a new report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse, New Hampshire consumes about four and a half gallons of alcohol per person each year. That's more than double the healthy amount of about 2 gallons. Our state actually ranks really low on this list, coming in at 49, with a little less than two gallons per capita. Many people in the area were surprised to hear these findings.

"I think it's interesting that West Virginia has a low rating considering that WVU been considered one of the number one party schools in the United States," said Tish Cavicchio in Marion County.

"It's really shocking. You would think that there would be a lot of drinkers, but I guess a lot of West Virginians are hard workers, and you can't drink on the job," said Ashley Lowe, also in Marion.

The only state that drinks less than us? That title belongs to Utah.


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Jun 05, 2014 at 8:41 AM
Perhaps it is due to the state preferring meth, heroin and bath salts! Seems logical, based on what I read concerning the local news and the regional jail reports. I wouldn't be patting ourselves on the back quite yet.
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