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CDC Data Reveals D.C. Has The Highest Percentage of Binge Drinkers


Now there is some data to back up the anecdotes about drunken politicians and reporters. A recently published analysis reveals that Washington, D.C. has the highest rate of heavy drinkers and binge drinkers in the United States., a website for those suffering from alcoholism, analyzed data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention about drinking habits. found that Washington, D.C. has the highest percentage of heavy drinkers in the nation, with 11.1 percent qualifying as heavy drinkers. According to, a “heavy drinker” is defined as a man who has two drinks daily and a woman who has one drink daily.

Washington, D.C. was also found to have the most binge drinkers. The analysis claims 25.5 percent of those in Washington, D.C. qualified as binge-drinkers, which is defined as having five or more drinks in one night for men and four or more drinks in one night for women.


Although D.C. was found to have the most heavy drinkers and binge-drinkers, there are still a few people who claim they haven’t had a drink in the past month. While 65.9 percent of those in Washington, D.C. claim they’ve had a drink in the past month, the District was beat out by drinkers in Wisconsin. In Wisconsin, 67.3 percent said they have had a drink in the past month.

The Washington, D.C. numbers should not be surprising. In May, a study by neuroscientists in collaboration with the London Press Club discovered that the brains of journalists function at a lower level than the brains of other people, partially due to excessive alcohol use.

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