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Photos: Heaviest drinking cities in the U.S. and Colorado -- and the local place on each list

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The Centers for Disease Control recently released statistics that ranked cities by the percentage of residents who drink heavily (defined as men who have more than two drinks daily, and women who consume more than one) and binge drink (men who down more than five drinks at a sitting on occasion, and women who polish off more than four). The stats, based on data from 2011, feature five Colorado metro areas. We've broken down the numbers to show how the quintet ranks in these categories here in Colorado as well as in the U.S. as a whole.

As you'll see, one Colorado city among those included in the survey -- Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver-Aurora, Greeley and Fort Collins -- finishes high on all four lists. Continue to find out which one, as well as to get often-surprising alcohol-consumption info about dozens of cities nationwide.

Alcohol Consumption: Binge drinkers (males having five or more drinks on one occasion, females having four or more drinks on one occasion)

Colorado rankings: Number 5: Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

15.8 percent yes, 84.3 percent no

Number 4: Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

18.6 percent yes, 81.4 percent no

Number 3: Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

17.1 percent yes, 82.9 percent no

Number 2: Denver-Aurora, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

21.0 percent yes, 79.0 percent no

Number 1: Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

26.4 percent yes, 73.6 percent no

Continue to see the binge drinking numbers for the entire U.S., plus additional rankings. Alcohol Consumption: Binge drinkers (males having five or more drinks on one occasion, females having four or more drinks on one occasion)

U.S. rankings Number 10-9 (tie): Havre, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area

24.9 percent yes, 75.1 percent no

Number 10-9 (tie): Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area

24.9 percent yes, 75.1 percent no

Number 8: Toledo, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area

25.0 percent yes, 75.0 percent no

Number 7: Lincoln, NE Metropolitan Statistical Area

25.4 percent yes, 74.6 percent no

Number 6: Lawrence, KS Metropolitan Statistical Area

25.9 percent yes, 74.1 percent no

Number 5: Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area

26.3 percent yes, 73.7 percent no

Number 4: Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

26.4 percent yes, 73.6 percent no

Number 3: Missoula, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area

26.9 percent yes, 73.1 percent no

Number 2: Fargo, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area

28.2 percent yes, 71.8 percent no

Number 1: Columbus, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area

28.4 percent yes, 71.6 percent no

Continue to see the heavy drinking numbers for Colorado, followed by more rankings. Alcohol Consumption: Heavy drinkers (adult men having more than two drinks per day and adult women having more than one drink per day)

Colorado rankings Number 5: Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

5.8 percent yes, 94.3 percent no

Number 4: Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.0 percent yes, 94.0 percent no

Number 3: Denver-Aurora, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

6.6 percent yes, 93.4 percent no

Number 2: Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

7.1 percent yes, 92.9 percent no

Number 1: Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.3 percent yes, 90.7 percent no

Continue to count down the top twenty U.S. cities by percentage of heavy drinkers. Alcohol Consumption: Heavy drinkers (adult men having more than two drinks per day and adult women having more than one drink per day)

U.S. rankings, part 1 Number 20-21: Columbus, NE Micropolitan Statistical Area

9.0 percent yes, 91.0 percent no (tied with Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metropolitan Statistical Area)

Number 19-17 (tie): Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.1 percent yes, 90.9 percent no

Number 19-17 (tie): Peabody, MA

9.1 percent yes, 90.9 percent no

Number 19-17 (tie): Columbia, SC Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.1 percent yes, 90.9 percent no

Number 16: Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.3 percent yes, 90.7 percent no

Number 15-14 (tie): Montgomery, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.4 percent yes, 90.6 percent no

Number 15-14(tie): Hilo, HI Micropolitan Statistical Area

9.4 percent yes, 90.6 percent no

Number 13-11 (tie): Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.5 percent yes, 90.5 no

Number 13-11 (tie): Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.5 percent yes, 90.5 percent no

Number 13-11 (tie): Boston-Quincy, MA Metropolitan Division

9.5 percent yes, 90.5 percent no

Continue to count down the top twenty U.S. cities by percentage of heavy drinkers. Alcohol Consumption: Heavy drinkers (adult men having more than two drinks per day and adult women having more than one drink per day)

U.S. rankings, part 2 Number 10-8 (tie): Fargo, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.6 percent yes, 90.4 percent no

Number 10-8 (tie): Keene, NH Micropolitan Statistical Area

9.6 percent yes, 90.4 percent no

Number 10-8: Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.6 percent yes, 90.4 percent no

Number 7: San Antonio, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

9.7 percent yes, 90.3 percent no

Number 6: Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.0 percent yes, 90.0 percent no

Number 5: Ocean City, NJ Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.1 percent yes, 90.0 percent no

Number 4: Kahului-Wailuku, HI Micropolitan Statistical Area

10.3 percent yes, 89.7 percent no

Number 3: Missoula, MT Metropolitan Statistical Area

10.4 percent yes, 89.6 percent no

Number 2: Brookings, SD Micropolitan Statistical Area

11.8 percent yes, 88.2 percent no

Number 1: Tallahassee, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area

12.1 percent yes, 87.9 percent no

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