This doesn’t really have anything to do with the Green Bay Packers, except sure it does. The drunkest city in America? That would be Green Bay, Wisconsin.
This according to a study released last week.
Much to the surprise of no one, Wisconsin dominated the list.
1. Green Bay, Wis.
2. Eau Claire, Wis.
3. Appleton, Wis.
4. Madison, Wis.
5. Fargo, N.D.
6. Oshkosh-Neenah, Wis.
7. Missoula, Mont.
8. Grand Forks, N.D.
9. Wausau, Wis.
10. La Crosse-Onalaska, Wis.
11. Mankato-North Mankato, Minn.
12. Fond du Lac, Wis.
13. Iowa City, Iowa
14. Dubuque, Iowa
15. Sheboygan, Wis.
16. Watertown-Fort Drum, N.Y.
17. Lincoln, Neb.
18. Fairbanks, Alaska
19. Ames, Iowa
20. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis.
Here are some fun facts about Green Bay’s drinking problem.
- Pct. adults drinking to excess: 26.5%
- Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 50.5%
- Est. number of bars: 138
- Median household income: $54,847
The excessive drinking rate among adults in Green Bay is the highest of any metro area in the country. Nearly 27% of adults report they heavy or binge drinking in the last 30 days, well above the 18% excessive drinking rate nationwide. The Green Bay metro area is one of only five nationwide where over half of all deadly car accidents involve alcohol. In comparison, 30% of driving deaths nationwide involve alcohol.
You’re doing fine work, Green Bay.
If you look at that list — and it seems no one else has bothered to point this out — all of those towns have one thing in common.
It’s frickin’ freezing cold most of the year. I wouldn’t say there are a lot of cultural options either.
So tell me, what are you supposed to do other than drink?