50 States Ranked by Excessive Drinking — and Colorado's Drinking Problem

Additional images and more below.
Additional images and more below.
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Back in 2014, we shared Centers for Disease Control figures showing where several major Colorado cities ranked as measured by binge drinking.

The results weren't especially positive — and data from the United Health Foundation’s annual health rankings suggest that the trend has yet to be reversed.

There's plenty of good news elsewhere in the analysis, shared below in its entirety. For example, Colorado is rated America's least obese state and the eighth healthiest overall.

But when it comes to excessive alcohol use, which includes binge drinking and chronic drinking, the state finishes well back in the pack.

See the photo-illustrated rankings for all fifty states below, followed by the "value" that determined the final order. The material is followed by an excerpt from the Colorado page of the report, showing strengths, challenges and more, and the aforementioned document, with much more information about a wide variety of health concerns.

Ranking by Excessive Drinking

50 States Ranked by Excessive Drinking — and Colorado's Drinking Problem
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1 West Virginia 10.3
2 Tennessee 11.6
3 Utah 12.1
4 Alabama 13.3
5 Oklahoma 13.5
6 Kentucky 13.6
7 Mississippi 13.8
8 Arkansas 14.3

50 States Ranked by Excessive Drinking — and Colorado's Drinking Problem
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9 New Mexico 15.1
9 North Carolina 15.1
11 South Carolina 15.5
12 Georgia 15.6
13 Indiana 15.8
14 Idaho 16.1
14 Missouri 16.1
16 New York 16.5

50 States Ranked by Excessive Drinking — and Colorado's Drinking Problem
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17 Arizona 16.6
17 Virginia 16.6
19 Maryland 16.8
20 Florida 17.0
21 Kansas 17.1
22 California 17.2
22 Delaware 17.2
24 New Jersey 17.3
25 Texas 17.4



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