NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- If you're in need of a drinking buddy, you'll be hard-pressed here. We count down the least boozy states in the union.
Figures from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) which has released its latest analysis on the state of the drinking union, show the states home to the least number of boozehounds. By tallying sales of alcoholic beverages divided by census population data (all those aged 14 and older so don't discount those underage guzzlers), the Institute has brewed the numbers and come away with a per capita rate.
So sit back, relax -- grab a drink, we won't judge -- while we mark off the straight-laced neighbors of the country's booziest states.
How do you stack up against the rest in your state?
10th Least Drunk State: North Carolina
One of 18 alcohol beverage control (ABC) states, North Carolina's government has a tight hand over when, where and how much booze you can buy. On Sunday, the state bans beer and wine purchases before noon and all alcohol retailers must shut shop.
Total pure alcohol consumed: 2.01 gallons of ethanol (pure alcohol) per person
Beer: 186.68 cans per person (based on 4.5% alcohol content in a 16 oz. can)
Wine: 14.68 bottles per person (based on 12.9% alcohol content in a 25 oz. bottle)
Spirits: 5.5 bottles per person (based on 40% alcohol content in a 1-liter vodka bottle)