Which states consume the most beer (per capita)?

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  1. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    I thought some people might find this interesting. Which states crush the most beer, per capita?
    For our purposes I'm using 2015 Data from the NIH, which counts only those humans who are 14 years of age or older (which seems a bit low to me? But at least it's consistent).

    Without further ado: Ranking, State name \ Gallons of Pure Ethanol consumed in beer form \ Budweiser Cans (12oz) Equivalent

    1 New Hampshire \ 1.88 \ 401.1
    2 Montana \ 1.63 \ 347.7
    3 North Dakota \ 1.57 \ 334.9
    4 Vermont \ 1.57 \ 334.9
    5 South Dakota \ 1.48 \ 315.7
    6 Wisconsin \ 1.39 \ 296.5
    7 Nevada \ 1.38 \ 294.4
    8 Maine \ 1.37 \ 292.3
    9 Iowa \ 1.34 \ 285.9
    10 Nebraska \ 1.34 \ 285.9
    11 Mississippi \ 1.31 \ 279.5
    12 Pennsylvania \ 1.31 \ 279.5
    13 Hawaii \ 1.28 \ 273.1
    14 Texas \ 1.28 \ 273.1
    15 Louisiana \ 1.27 \ 270.9
    16 Wyoming \ 1.24 \ 264.5
    17 New Mexico \ 1.23 \ 262.4
    18 Oregon \ 1.22 \ 260.3
    19 South Carolina \ 1.21 \ 258.1
    20 Delaware \ 1.2 \ 256.0
    21 Missouri \ 1.17 \ 249.6
    22 Ohio \ 1.17 \ 249.6
    23 Arizona \ 1.16 \ 247.5
    24 Minnesota \ 1.16 \ 247.5
    25 Dist. of Columbia \ 1.14 \ 243.2
    26 West Virginia \ 1.14 \ 243.2
    27 Alabama \ 1.12 \ 238.9
    28 Colorado \ 1.12 \ 238.9
    29 Illinois \ 1.12 \ 238.9
    30 Alaska \ 1.11 \ 236.8
    31 Florida \ 1.11 \ 236.8
    32 Oklahoma \ 1.07 \ 228.3
    33 North Carolina \ 1.05 \ 224.0
    34 Kansas \ 1.03 \ 219.7
    35 Tennessee \ 1.03 \ 219.7
    36 Georgia \ 1.01 \ 215.5
    37 Virginia \ 1 \ 213.3
    38 California \ 0.99 \ 211.2
    39 Kentucky \ 0.99 \ 211.2
    40 Michigan \ 0.99 \ 211.2
    41 Indiana \ 0.98 \ 209.1
    42 Arkansas \ 0.97 \ 206.9
    43 Washington \ 0.97 \ 206.9
    44 Massachusetts \ 0.96 \ 204.8
    45 Rhode Island \ 0.96 \ 204.8
    46 Idaho \ 0.93 \ 198.4
    47 New York \ 0.9 \ 192.0
    48 Maryland \ 0.85 \ 181.3
    49 Connecticut \ 0.84 \ 179.2
    50 New Jersey \ 0.83 \ 177.1
    51 Utah \ 0.65 \ 138.7

    Raw / unsorted data here: https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/surveillance108/tab2_15.htm
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  2. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Poo-Bah (1,670) Jul 27, 2013 Texas
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    The link is incredibly interesting....it adds the data for wine and spirits.

    I'm surprised to see NJ that low....

    Also found it interesting that by region, everyone drinks about the same (2.24-2.39 gallons per capita)
  3. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 Crusader (796) Feb 25, 2015

    Go Montana Go!!! lol :wink:
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  4. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Yeah, the average 14+ year old New Hampshirite drinks:
    401.1 cans of Budweiser
    34.2 bottles of Barefoot Merlot
    27.3 bottles (750ml) of Jack Daniels

    I have a strong suspicion that a lot of the reported data for New Hampshire includes out-of-staters that go there for the broad selection and cheap prices.
    In fact: some light reading confirms this:
  5. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,072) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    NJ seems to be a wine state we have a Large amount of Italian and Greek here and although I don' care for it, Monroeville, Valenzano and Tomasello winery is huge here. Also lairds is here and is god awful and cheap so big drinking go for that.
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  6. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,609) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Well, must be something drawing me subconsciously, but I've only lived in states 5, 6, 9, and 23. I spent 95% of the time in 5 and 6. Surprising that Wisconsin is only #6 instead of #1.
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  7. Amendm

    Amendm Meyvn (1,099) Jun 7, 2018 Florida

    Interesting, Northern New England has #1,4 and 8 while Southern New England is at the bottom. I am surprised that Mass rates so low, lots of breweries.
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  8. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,994) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yeah, I was gonna guess that we must kick everyone else's ass in jugs of Paisano consumed :sunglasses:.
  9. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,437) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    Similar reasoning applies for why Delaware is so high because they too have no sales tax like NH
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  10. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,072) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    To add to what I said earlier also, I remember a lot of "dads" drinking Heineken when i was a kid. It was that or Bud but I saw that green bottle a LOT at barbeques. Maybe Bud doesn't have a lock on Jersey regardless of a brewery here.
    For example my father drank Heineken, his dad drank Coors. My other grandfather drank High Life. Never saw bud in the family.
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  11. papposilenus

    papposilenus Poo-Bah (2,063) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    Oh, right, like we have anything else to do.
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  12. Ridgewalker_1999

    Ridgewalker_1999 Initiate (28) Nov 3, 2016 Tennessee

    I live on the border of Tennessee and Mississippi and comparing the amount of bud light cans smashed and laying out in front of people's homes. I would say this list is pretty accurate. Actually Mississippi would be number one on the list if Mississippi wasn't the poorest state in the union.
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  13. AWA

    AWA Defender (632) Jul 22, 2014 California

    Damn. That's just embarrassing
  14. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (5,060) Dec 25, 2003 California

    Yep, Utah sucks. Very glad I got out of there.
  15. cheeseheadinMinneapolis

    cheeseheadinMinneapolis Zealot (532) Sep 20, 2017 Minnesota

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  16. Jugs_McGhee

    Jugs_McGhee Poo-Bah (10,553) Aug 15, 2010 Louisiana
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    Worth noting that altitude (according to some) has an effect on inebriation.

    That, and I reckon if we plucked anyone reading this from her/his chair and stuck them in Montana or North Dakota long-term, her/his beer consumption would drastically increase.
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  17. Lahey

    Lahey Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    I listened to a radio show recently that said wisconson was #1 on the list they had, but I can't site any sources. Either way I'm surprised michigan is as low as it is. I suppose there's plenty of wineries around to cut into the beer market though.
  18. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Defender (685) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    Hypothesis... people that live where its freezing cold drink

    (gets to nevada)... aw, sh!t...
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  19. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,609) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I don't think anyone in the ice belt slows down in the summer. Wisconsin historically had a lot of breweries, becoming as well know for beer as cheese, and therefore folks were compelled to support a major state industry. Growing up there, I thought all water was filtered through a brewery...
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  20. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (245) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    It's definitely disappointing, especially since I did all I could last year to raise those averages myself :grin: and for how little our state drinks there are tons of DUI's in my area.
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  21. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,514) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Yeah, as others have pointed out, these stats are not really which states' residents consume the most beer, but which states sell the most beer - much of it to the citizens of the state (since the population of the state is how they get the per capita number) but also bought by non-residents, whether its from out-of-staters who shop over the border of neighboring states because of a lack of sales tax or better prices, etc., or, for places like Nevada (Los Vegas, Reno) where a large percentage of alcohol is likely consumed by tourists.
  22. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,903) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Having spent a month at 7200 ft elevation, I tend to agree with that. More dehydration at altitude, so you need to keep up with the water consumption.
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  23. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    I suspect people in NJ might be purchasing beers from neighboring areas like Philly or ?

    But It's hard for me to believe that in actual consumption NJ is that low.
    Outside contributing factor: taxes or cost of booze in your home state. Local liquor laws. Religious/moral convictions.
  24. readyski

    readyski Defender (603) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    I am shocked Alaska and Texas aren't higher based on what I've seen. Perhaps someday I will help them fix that!
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  25. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,514) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    I'd say more "beer traffic" goes in the other direction across the Delaware --- and I'm guessing there's a bunch of PA BA's who'd back me up on that, along with the license plates I see at several NJ liquor stores in towns along the western border (although likely many of those PA'ers are buying wine or spirits).

    I've gone the other direction for years, but I was buying beer I couldn't get at home rather than based on price.
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  26. SudsDoctor

    SudsDoctor Defender (672) Nov 23, 2008 New York

    Per capita, spirits/wine consumption is higher than beer consumption in every state. The ratio between the two data points isn't significantly greater for NJ than for other states either, in fact it's lower than some.
    #26 SudsDoctor, Jun 26, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2018
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  27. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    Not sure about NJ but if there are a lot of old Greek or Italian families, could be a lot of home-winemaking going on as well. Which wouldn't be accounted for in the stats.
  28. AWA

    AWA Defender (632) Jul 22, 2014 California

    I'm shocked about California. Hell, we have beer bars in the movie theater and grocery store in my town.
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  29. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,460) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    My analysis althought overall its kinda erratic:
    - highly populated states trend lower on the list, where neighboring lower density states will trend higher
    - northern states , more rural states may have drinking issues
    - states that have major US cities trend lower

    But why would Montana be so high and Idaho so low on the list? That to me seems to be the strange differences for side by side states.
  30. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,460) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    My theory on NJ being so low...they spend all their waking hrs commuting into NYC or Philly leaving not much time to drink beer.

    Which actually leads into another theory...states with the worst traffic trend low on this list (MD, Mass, NJ, CA etc).
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  31. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (8,557) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Yes, when I went to college in upstate NY, we would drive to New Hampshire once a semester to stock our bar.
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  32. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    There is a large population of Mormons in Idaho. And if Utah is any indication, that will trend your consumption lower.
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  33. drinkin-beeers

    drinkin-beeers Disciple (368) Jan 29, 2014 Montana

    Pretty sure we are tops in dui’s also. That being said it’s hard to find anyone here who doesn’t drink.
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  34. OffTrail

    OffTrail Initiate (98) Aug 12, 2012 Washington

    My grandmother, who lived in Red Lodge, was a member of the WCTU. However, she died in 1988, and may have been the last.
  35. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,460) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Ah, that makes sense. I wasn't aware the were heavily populated in Idaho as well as Utah. I know they are in Nevada, but guessing that is really offset by all of the tourism and boozing going on in Las Vegas. Thanks for the human geography education.
  36. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,941) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Do you mean the broad selection of booze in general? Because NH has a poor selection of beer compared to other states in New England (in terms of distribution).
  37. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,109) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    It occurs to me when looking at this list that it leans heavily towards low population (wisco is the only one of the top 10 that isn't in the lowest 1/3 of population) and whiteness (nevada is the only state in the top 10 not in the lowest 1/3 in terms of percent of pop that is white). So I see that small populations of mostly white people consume the most beer with a boost to states that have a lot of drunken tourism or border states with higher taxes/more restrictive drinking laws
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  38. Riff

    Riff Champion (877) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    Bout the same way when I was growing up in NJ. Granted, Dad preferred scotch, but when he had beer he preferred Molson when I was younger, Sam Adams and Yuengling as I got older. His family always had Heineken at gatherings. I only saw Bud on rare occasion.
  39. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Defender (653) Mar 29, 2010 American Samoa

    Accidentally discovered this once after drinking pbr and eating culvers
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  40. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    If there's nothing interisting to do drinking beer would be sport, it explains the top end, and Utah is a Mormon state, it explains the finish.
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