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New analysis shows Nebraska is america’s 9th drunkest state

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Published: Mar. 9, 2018 at 11:20 AM CST
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Nebraska is America's 9th drunkest state, according to a new analysis from financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St.

Of metropolitan areas within the state, Lincoln residents report the highest excessive drinking rates.

To identify the drunkest states in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of men and women over 18 who report binge or heavy drinking in every state.

Excessive alcohol consumption, according to the CDC, includes binge drinking and heavy drinking. Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in a single occasion for women and five or more for men, and heavy drinking is defined as at least eight drinks per week for women and 15 for men.

More than 1 in 5 adults living in Nebraska drink excessively, more than the comparable national share of 18.0%.

24/7 Wall St. also interviewed the director of the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, George Koob. Koob says there is a clear correlation between a state’s excessive drinking rate and income. Among the states with the highest excessive drinking rates, the annual median household income tends to be much greater than in states with lower drinking rates.

Koob added that the pattern is complicated, and noted that while there is a correlation on the state level, “If you look at individuals, the pattern is somewhat different.”

While indeed a larger share of affluent individuals drink excessively, “…they do so less heavily.” Similarly, while low-income individuals drink to excess less frequently, the amount of alcohol they consume tends to be greater when they do drink.