Drunken States: Three New England States Top the List of the Booziest in America!
America is filled with a bunch of boozehounds. And New England boasts the booziest.
Three New England states top the list of ones that consume the most hooch. And one made the number one spot!
Drunk States: New England Tops the List! Congratulations!
According to vinepair.com, we are really liking happy hour:
Americans love their alcohol. According to data published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. residents’ consumption of alcoholic beverages has been on a steady incline since 1995, with a whopping 7.9 billion gallons consumed in 2020. That marks a 1 million-plus increase in gallons drunk from the previous year, likely thanks to the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic.
No surprisingly, beer was the overwhelming favorite — with an estimated 6.4 billion gallons drunk — followed by wine and spirits, of which Americans enjoyed 931 million and 635 million gallons, respectively.
“Of the 50 states and Washington D.C., this New England stae reports the most booze drunk per capita, with approximately 4.83 gallons consumed per year. However, it’s important to note that due to the state’s lack of sales tax, a number of these gallons are consumed by folks from neighboring states who cross over into this state to take advantage of cheaper prices. The small New England state also enjoys the most beer and spirits per capita, while Washington, D.C., consumes the most wine. Predictably, Utah — the state with the strictest booze laws in America — consumes the least amount of alcohol per capita (1.36 gallons).”
Before we get to the list, here’s my FAVORITE cocktail and how to make it:
2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce allspice dram
1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 teaspoon simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Garnish: orange twist
Add the bourbon, allspice dram, lime juice, simple syrup and bitters into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a coupe or cocktail glass.
Lightly express the oil from an orange twist over the top of the drink, and discard the twist.