The US States that Drink the Most Alcohol Infographic Map

Having a few drinks on St. Patrick's Day is a time-honored Irish tradition that we have embraced with open arms here in the United States. Inspired by the holiday, we wondered: what states in the USA enjoy drinking alcohol the most?

In our quest to find out what states drink the most alcohol, we crunched the most recent population and business pattern data compiled by the US Census Bureau to determine what states have the highest concentration of liquor stores, bars and breweries per capita (100,000). In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we also analyzed the data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find out what states were most likely to drink to excess.*

US States that Drink the Most Alcohol Infographic Map

WHAT STATES DRINK THE MOST ALCOHOL? WHAT WE FOUND

We were surprised to find that the Northern United States had the highest concentration of bars and liquor stores per capita. The North also shows a much higher occurrence of binge drinking than the South.

Do cold winters and higher levels of alcohol consumption go hand in hand? 8 of the top 10 states with the coldest average winter temperatures also ranked in the top 20 for binge drinking.

Wisconsin ranked #1 for binge drinking. Montana ranked #1 for breweries per capita and #2 after North Dakota for the most liquor stores and bars per capita. These sound like great places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Lightweights Utah and Virginia had the least bars and liquor stores per capita. Utah and West Virginia also ranked last for binge drinking.

Find out how much your state loves to drink below. States with a beer mug ranked in the top 20 for all criteria.

Alabama
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 13.20

#43

BINGE DRINKING 13.3

#45

BREWERIES 6

#40

Alaska
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 37.60

#8

BINGE DRINKING 21.2

#9

BREWERIES 13

#3

Arizona
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 12.21

#45

BINGE DRINKING 18.6

#17

BREWERIES 9

#39

Arkansas
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 15.34

#40

BINGE DRINKING 11.8

#47

BREWERIES 3

#44

California
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 17.87

#35

BINGE DRINKING 16.5

#34

BREWERIES 100

#25

Colorado
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 37.36

#9

BINGE DRINKING 17.9

#23

BREWERIES 57

#5

Connecticut
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 30.95

#20

BINGE DRINKING 18.1

#22

BREWERIES 8

#27

Delaware
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 33.13

#17

BINGE DRINKING 19.5

#14

BREWERIES 6

#9

District of Columbia
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 46.14

#6

BINGE DRINKING 21.9

#3

BREWERIES 2

#17

Florida
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 16.19

#39

BINGE DRINKING 16.7

#33

BREWERIES 19

#46

Georgia
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 12.67

#44

BINGE DRINKING 15.4

#39

BREWERIES 7

#49

Hawaii
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 19.72

#32

BINGE DRINKING 19.1

#16

BREWERIES 4

#21

Idaho
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 25.94

#28

BINGE DRINKING 15.2

#40

BREWERIES 15

#8

Illinois
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 30.98

#19

BINGE DRINKING 21.4

#8

BREWERIES 20

#35

Indiana
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 27.91

#26

BINGE DRINKING 16.5

#35

BREWERIES 18

#23

Iowa
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 34.12

#15

BINGE DRINKING 21.5

#6

BREWERIES 14

#12

Kansas
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 35.05

#13

BINGE DRINKING 17.6

#27

BREWERIES 3

#42

Kentucky
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 16.50

#37

BINGE DRINKING 15

#41

BREWERIES 4

#47

Louisiana
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 21.70

#30

BINGE DRINKING 16.4

#36

BREWERIES 7

#36

Maine
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 11.73

#46

BINGE DRINKING 19.7

#13

BREWERIES 13

#6

Maryland
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 28.65

#24

BINGE DRINKING 17.1

#31

BREWERIES 6

#45

Massachusetts
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 33.15

#16

BINGE DRINKING 21.7

#5

BREWERIES 20

#18

Michigan
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 30.66

#21

BINGE DRINKING 17.7

#25

BREWERIES 34

#15

Minnesota
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 34.65

#14

BINGE DRINKING 20.1

#11

BREWERIES 20

#14

Mississippi
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 14.53

#41

BINGE DRINKING 12.1

#46

BREWERIES 1

#51

Missouri
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 18.21

#34

BINGE DRINKING 17.4

#28

BREWERIES 16

#24

Montana
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 66.34

#2

BINGE DRINKING 21.5

#7

BREWERIES 30

#1

Nebraska
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 36.83

#10

BINGE DRINKING 22.3

#2

BREWERIES 4

#28

Nevada
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 29.23

#23

BINGE DRINKING 17.4

#29

BREWERIES 8

#28

New Hampshire
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 10.17

#48

BINGE DRINKING 18.2

#19

BREWERIES 8

#10

New Jersey
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 30.61

#22

BINGE DRINKING 15.7

#37

BREWERIES 8

#48

New Mexico
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 10.07

#49

BINGE DRINKING 14.2

#44

BREWERIES 9

#13

New York
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 31.17

#18

BINGE DRINKING 18.3

#18

BREWERIES 40

#29

North Carolina
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 11.69

#47

BINGE DRINKING 14.7

#43

BREWERIES 32

#16

North Dakota
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 68.02

#1

BINGE DRINKING 21.9

#4

BREWERIES 1

#38

Ohio
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 25.56

#29

BINGE DRINKING 19.8

#12

BREWERIES 19

#33

Oklahoma
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 20.06

#31

BINGE DRINKING 14.9

#42

BREWERIES 4

#43

Oregon
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 27.43

#27

BINGE DRINKING 17.9

#24

BREWERIES 48

#4

Pennsylvania
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 35.86

#12

BINGE DRINKING 19.3

#15

BREWERIES 35

#22

Rhode Island
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 43.69

#7

BINGE DRINKING 18.2

#20

BREWERIES 3

#19

South Carolina
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 16.24

#38

BINGE DRINKING 15.7

#38

BREWERIES 7

#37

South Dakota
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 48.88

#4

BINGE DRINKING

N/A*

BREWERIES 1

#41

Tennessee
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 13.83

#42

BINGE DRINKING

N/A*

BREWERIES 12

#30

Texas
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 17.10

#36

BINGE DRINKING 17.3

#30

BREWERIES 43

#34

Utah
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 7.58

#50

BINGE DRINKING 10.9

#48

BREWERIES 5

#32

Vermont
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 36.23

#11

BINGE DRINKING 20.2

#10

BREWERIES 14

#2

Virginia
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 7.51

#51

BINGE DRINKING 17.7

#26

BREWERIES 21

#26

Washington
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 18.24

#33

BINGE DRINKING 18.2

#21

BREWERIES 69

#7

West Virginia
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 28.64

#25

BINGE DRINKING 10.9

#49

BREWERIES 1

#50

Wisconsin
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 56.03

#3

BINGE DRINKING 25.6

#1

BREWERIES 32

#11

Wyoming
BARS & LIQUOR STORES PER CAPITA 47.08

#5

BINGE DRINKING 16.9

#32

BREWERIES 1

#31

What states like to drink the most? CONCLUSION

So what states like to drink the most? Montana and Alaska ranked in the top 10 for all criteria and Montana ranked #1 for most breweries per capita. Delaware, Washington DC, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin all ranked in the top 20 for all categories and are also all northern territories. It's pretty clear that our friends up north are serious about their booze and brews.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.