When it comes to alcoholic beverages, beer continues to be the drink of choice for the majority of Americans.
That’s according to a new analysis based on data from finance website 24/7 Wall St., brewing trade publisher Beer Marketer and the U.S. Census Bureau.
To determine which states drank the most beer in 2017, 24/7 Wall St. researchers compared additional data from Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state beer excise tax rates and sales tax rates, alcohol-related deaths and more.
Of the 50 states, folks in New Hampshire chugged the most beer in 2017 − 40.6 gallons per capita.
With an annual per capita consumption of 24 gallons of beer, Georgia ranked 40th overall. According to the study, the state has the 12th lowest number of bars and restaurants per 100,000 people (167.9) and the fourth highest beer tax rate in the country ($1.01 per gallon), two likely contributors of its low overall rank.
Here’s more on how Georgia fared in 2017:
- Annual per capita consumption: 24 gallons of beer
- Total beer consumption: 179.6 million gallons
- 5-year consumption change: +0.1 percent
In a previous study from March, 24/7 Wall St. analysts determined America’s drunkest states, which focused on state-by-state excessive drinking habits.
Nearly 90,000 lives are lost each year due to excessive drinking, according to the CDC.
In some states, 1 in 4 Americans partake in binge drinking or heavy drinking. Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in a single occasion for women and five or more for men, whereas heavy drinking is defined as consuming at least eight drinks per week for women and 15 for men.
“Nationwide, 18.0% of adults binge drink or drink heavily. Excessive drinking over time can lead to myriad health issues, both mentally and physically, including depression and cardiovascular disease,” researchers found.
And the national rate of roadway fatalities due to alcohol consumption is 30 percent.
- Overall rank: 30
- Percentage of adults drinking excessively: 16.8
- Percentage of alcohol-related driving deaths: 23.4 (fourth lowest)
- Percentage of adults in fair or poor health: 17.5 (16th highest)
- Drunkest metro area: Athens-Clarke County
The state’s percentage of alcohol-related driving deaths is the fourth lowest in the country, but the number of adults in fair or poor health ranks Georgia No. 16 in that category.
“Despite the lower share of adults who drink to excess, Georgia has a relatively high premature death rate. An estimated 377 of every 100,000 people die before the age of 75 in Georgia,” 24/7 Wall St. noted in its analysis. “Excess consumption of alcohol is only one factor that can contribute to poor health — obesity can also cause serious health complications. The adult obesity rate in Georgia of 29.6% (is) above the national rate of 28.0%.”
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- South Carolina (tied)
- Mississippi (tied)
- New Mexico
- West Virginia (tied)
- Illinois (tied)
- Oklahoma (tied)
- California (tied)
- North Carolina
- Virginia (tied)
- Tennessee (tied)
- Massachusetts (tied)
- Kentucky (tied)
- Rhode Island
- New York
- New Jersey
- Maryland (tied)
- Connecticut (tied)