The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Duh

Forbes Magazine made a list of America's drunkest cities. Topping the list is, of course, Milwaukee.

It will come as no surprise that the residents of a city known as "The Nation's Watering Hole" like to have a beer or two.

But Milwaukee isn't just your average brewing town. It's the hardest-drinking city in America, according to Forbes.com's ranking of America's Drunkest Cities.

Milwaukee ranks high for its drinking habits across the board. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey 2004, more than 70% of adult Milwaukeeans reported that they had had at least one alcoholic drink within the past 30 days--the highest percentage on our list. Twenty-two percent of Milwaukee respondents confessed to binge drinking, or having five or more drinks on one occasion--also the highest on our list. And 7.5% of the population were reported as heavy drinkers--adult men that have more than two drinks per day, or adult women who have more than one drink per day.

What a great city!

4 Comments:

  • According to Money's 100 best cities, Milwaukee has an absurd amount of bars. Over 1000 more than cities similar in size to it. Meanwhile it is kind of lacking in more "cultural" kinds of entertainment.

    By Anonymous scott h, at 1:24 PM  

  • One of the differences between Milwaukee and other cities is that people are actually proud of their drinking here vs. other cities. So you may get over reporting in Milwaukee vs. underreporting in other cities. However, a good indication that Milwaukee is different is the amount of bars and where they are located (ie there are a few bars located in the middle of neighborhood blocks).

    By Anonymous Rod, at 4:01 PM  

  • "According to Money's 100 best cities, Milwaukee has an absurd amount of bars. Over 1000 more than cities similar in size to it."

    Great city indeed.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 4:12 PM  

  • Scott H is wrong, Milwaukee is not lacking in cultural entertainment for a city its size, it has theaters, a symphony orchestra, a ballet, etc. We just like to drink here.

    By Anonymous Rod, at 11:05 AM  

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