Friday, February 5, 2010

Drunkest Cities in America - How does your City Rank?

Which cities are the drunkest?

Overdose on almost any medicine, and it can go from balm to bomb in an instant. A couple glasses of wine each day? Liquid fix-it for your heart. A bottle before bed? You might end up like the folks in Fresno. Our statistical sobriety checkpoint shows that the inebriated people there have one of the highest death rates from alcoholic liver disease (per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). In fact, Fresno was near the top in every measure of dangerous drinking, including the body count caused by booze-fueled car crashes (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), the number of arrests made for driving under the influence (FBI), the number of people who admit to binge drinking in the last month (CDC), and the severity of DUI penalties (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). So remember: Better to take your medicine than let it take you.

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CITY

Fresno, CA
Reno, NV
Billings, MT
Riverside, CA
Austin, TX
St. Louis, MO
San Antonio, TX
Lubbock, TX
Tucson, AZ
Bakersfield, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Modesto, CA
Columbia, SC
Nashville, TN
Madison, WI
Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, CO
Phoenix, AZ
Cheyenne, WY
Sacramento, CA
New Orleans, LA
Toledo, OH
Aurora, CO
El Paso, TX
Corpus Christi, TX
Fargo, ND
San Diego, CA
Lexington, KY
Tampa, FL
Albuquerque, NM
Oklahoma City, OK
Tulsa, OK
Jacksonville, FL
GRADE

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D-
D-
D-
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D-
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RANK

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CITY

Detroit, MI
Boise City, ID
Kansas City, MO
Washington, DC
Montgomery, AL
Omaha, NE
Portland, OR
Anchorage, AK
Birmingham, AL
Greensboro, NC
Wichita, KS
St. Petersburg, FL
Burlington, VT
Houston, TX
Los Angeles, CA
Charleston, WV
Orlando, FL
Spokane, WA
Lincoln, NE
Arlington, TX
Des Moines, IA
Fort Worth, TX
Providence, RI
Anaheim, CA
Milwaukee, WI
Pittsburgh, PA
Baltimore, MD
Indianapolis, IN
Louisville, KY
Raleigh, NC
Seattle, WA
Grand Rapids, MI
Buffalo, NY
GRADE

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RANK

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CITY

Wilmington, DE
Hartford, CT
Sioux Falls, SD
Virginia Beach, VA
Memphis, TN
Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH
Charlotte, NC
Oakland, CA
Little Rock, AR
Dallas, TX
Richmond, VA
San Jose, CA
Minneapolis, MN
Jackson, MS
Jersey City, NJ
Columbus, OH
Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
San Francisco, CA
St. Paul, MN
Honolulu, HI
Philadelphia, PA
Portland, ME
Manchester, NH
Fort Wayne, IN
New York, NY
Durham, NC
Newark, NJ
Miami, FL
Salt Lake City, UT
Rochester, NY
Yonkers, NY
Boston, MA
GRADE

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