The 10 Drunkest States in the United States

Updated to include information from the NIAA's most recent study.

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Do you enjoy the occasional drink? A schooner in the summer? A seidel on a Sunday? A snifter after supper? No judgment here, and if you're in need of a drinking buddy, you won't have to look far.

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 most likely to have a cocktail or two. 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.

As a nation, it's a wonder we get anything done. On average, we consume 2,340 gallons of ethanol (pure alcohol) per capita a year. By poison, that equates to 1,120 gallons of beer, 420 gallons of wine and 800 gallons of spirits.

10th Drunkest State: Idaho

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 2,810 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 960 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 1,080 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 770 gallons

9th Drunkest State: Colorado

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 2,810 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 1,200 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 500 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 1,110 gallons

8th Drunkest State: Vermont

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 3,000 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 1,540 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 740 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 720 gallons

7th Drunkest State: Wisconsin

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 3,010 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 1,450 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 380 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 1,180 gallons



6th Drunkest State: Montana

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 3,070 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 1,630 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 490 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 950 gallons

5th Drunkest State: Nevada

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 3,310 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 1,400 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 630 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 1,280 gallons

4th Drunkest State: North Dakota

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 3,370 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 1,680 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 320 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 1,370 gallons

3rd Drunkest State: Delaware

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 3,600 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 1,250 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 720 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 1,630 gallons

2nd Drunkest State: Washington, D.C.

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 3,870 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 1,170 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 1,020 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 1,680 gallons

The Drunkest State: New Hampshire

Total alcohol consumed per capita: 4,680 gallons

Beer consumed per capita: 1,860 gallons

Wine consumed per capita: 890 gallons

Spirits consumed per capita: 1,930 gallons

Also see: 15 Drunkest Countries in the World

Also see: The 5 States Most Likely to Next Legalize Pot

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