New Hampshire, located in New England, which is in the northeastern region of the United States, is the state with the highest alcohol consumption per capita. It is one of the smallest and least populated states, but despite that, it manages 4.67 gallons per capita. According to the CDC, a beer is 12 ounces and a glass of wine is 5 ounces. That means New Hampshire drank about 62 beers or 149 glasses of wine per capita in 2022.
Delaware is a small state in the mid-Atlantic, located on the east coast of the United States. In fact, it is the second smallest state in the United States and the sixth least populated. Having drank significantly less than New Hampshire per capita in 2022, Delaware was still managing 3.52 gallons per capita. That’s still 108 glasses of wine and 45 beers, according to the CDC count.
Located in the western United States and sharing a border with California, we have Nevada, home to the Las Vegas Strip, a stretch of road known for gambling and drinking. Nevada is the seventh largest state, but only the thirty-second most populous, which means it has a low population density. In 2022, the state recorded alcohol consumption of 3.42 gallons per capita, just slightly less than Delaware.
North Dakota is located in the Upper Midwest, along the Canadian border between Saskatchewan and Manitoba to the north. It is the 19th largest state, but it is the fourth least populated state, as well as the fourth least populated state. 3.16 gallons per capita is what the state recorded for 2022, or about 97 glasses of wine and 40 beers.
Taking fifth place for states with the highest alcohol consumption, we have Montana, located in the Mountain West sub-region of the United States and bordering North and South Dakota. Again, this is a state with a lower population density. It is the fourth largest state, but the eighth least populated. In 2022, the state consumed 3.1 gallons of alcohol per capita. That’s exactly 39.7 beers and 95 glasses of wine, again, per capita.
The costs mentioned in this section mainly include lost productivity at work, health care costs, property damage, road accident costs and criminal justice costs.
Total cost of heavy drinking: $827,200,000
Cost per drink: $2.25
Cost per capita: $1,165
Alaska is a semi-landlocked state, bordering the Canadian province of British Columbia, and is by far the largest state by area, beating even Texas. However, it is also the third least populated and least populated state. The total cost of heavy drinking in Alaska is $827.2 million, which equates to $1,165 per person living in the state.
2. New Mexico
Total cost of heavy drinking: $2,232,900,000
Cost per drink: $2.77
Amount spent on alcohol: $1,084
Located in the southwestern region of the United States along the Mexican border, we have New Mexico, the state with the second highest cost for excessive alcohol consumption. The total cost of heavy drinking to the state was $2.23 billion, or $1,084 per person.
Total cost of heavy drinking: $593,100,000
Cost per drink: $2.33
Cost per capita: $1,052
Wyoming is located in the Mountain West subregion of the western United States and shares borders with six other states. Although it is the tenth largest state in the United States, it is the least populated state. The total cost of heavy drinking in Wyoming was $593.1 million or $1,052 per person.
Total cost of heavy drinking: $5,056,500,000
Cost per drink: $2.14
Amount spent on alcohol: $1,005
Another state located in the Mountain West sub-region of the United States, we have Colorado, home to the Rocky Mountains. It is the eighth most expensive state and the 21st most populous. Colorado also ranked in the top ten for alcohol consumption, at 2.88 gallons per person for 2022. The amount spent on alcohol is $1,005 per person, making it the state with the fourth highest cost.
Total cost of heavy drinking: $35,010,600,000
Cost per drink: $2.44
Cost per capita: $940
Rounding out the top five we have California, located on the west coast of the United States. It is the third largest state by land area and by far the most populous. Although it only ranks 22nd in per capita alcohol consumption levels in 2022, it has the highest total cost of heavy drinking, at $35 billion. However, on a per capita basis, it is only $904, making it the state with the fifth highest cost.
1. New Mexico
Average death rate per 100,000 people (2019): 34.3
New Mexico, which once ranked first in the cost of binge drinking, has the highest alcohol-related death rate. Their total mortality rate for 2019, for alcohol-related deaths, was 34.3 per 100,000.
Average death rate per 100,000 people (2019): 28.5
Wyoming also ranked well for the highest binge drinking costs, ranking in the top three and now in second place for the highest alcohol-related death rate. In 2019, the state recorded a death rate of 28.5 per 100,000 population, for deaths caused by alcohol consumption.
Average death rate per 100,000 people (2019): 23.9
Alaska, the other state that was in the top three of states with the highest costs from excessive alcohol consumption, also ranks third for alcohol-related death rates. Additionally, Alaska also ranked 11th in alcohol consumption per capita in 2022. Their mortality rate in 2019 for alcohol-caused deaths was 23.9 per 100,000.
4. South Dakota
Average death rate per 100,000 people (2019): 21.2
South Dakota, if it weren’t obvious, is located directly below North Dakota in the Upper Midwest region of the United States. For 2022, it ranked tenth for alcohol consumption per 100,000 population, so it’s no surprise that it ranks fourth for alcohol-related death rates, at 21.2. for 100,000.
Average death rate per 100,000 people (2019): 20.3
Montana, which previously ranked in the top five for alcohol consumption per capita in 2022, now ranks fifth in alcohol-related death rates. In 2019, the state recorded a death rate of 20.3 per 100,000 population.
Important: Mixing alcohol with medications such as Vyvanse, Trulicity, and Farxiga can be harmful. Alcohol can make you sleepy, drowsy, or dizzy. Drinking alcohol while taking any of the medicines mentioned above may intensify these effects and you may have difficulty concentrating and performing manual or mechanical tasks.