These 20 States Consume the Most Alcohol in America

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We love to root for an underdog, and our nation's teeniest state also happens to be one of our booziest. There are 1 million people who live in Rhode Island, and they're responsible for guzzling 2.3 million gallons of ethanol in one year. That's 2.565 gallons per person over age 14.

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#19 Massachusetts

Massachusetts is home to 6.82 million people who are recorded as having had 14.8 million gallons of ethanol in one year. That's 2.568 gallons per person over 14 in the Bay State, just edging out neighbor Rhode Island.

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#18 Louisiana

Louisiana's 4.69 million residents knocked back 9.9 million gallons of ethanol in one year, which equates to 2.59 gallons per person over 14. Mardi Gras, anyone?

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#17 Florida

Sunny skies + golf courses + theme parks + Miami = a no-brainer. Florida practically wrote the book on boozing. The Sunshine State's population of 20.66 million is credited for consuming 46.2 million gallons of ethanol in one year. That's 2.65 gallons per person over 14 (which may or may not include our innocent Publix-loving parents and grandparents).

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#16 Wyoming

Wyoming may come last alphabetically, but it doesn't falter on this list. The Equality State's teensy population of 584,910 tossed back 1.2 million gallons of ethanol in one year. That's about 2.67 gallons per person over.

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#15 Oregon

Oregon's 4 million people are recorded as having drunk 9.4 million gallons of ethanol in one year, which boils down to about 2.75 gallons per person over age 14.

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#14 Minnesota

Sorry, did you say "Minnesota" or "vodka soda"? The North Star State's 5.25 million residents consumed 12.5 milllion gallons of ethanol in one year, which means each person over 14 sucked down 2.77 gallons each.

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#13 Maine

Here's the main takeaway about Maine: Even its lobsters are drunk. Just kidding, but the 1.33 million people here are recorded as having consumed 3.2 milllion gallons of ethanol in 2016. That's 2.811 gallons per person (crustaceans not included) over age 14.

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#12 Colorado

Tied with Maine is Colorado, where 5.53 million residents are responsible for taking down 12.8 million gallons of ethanol in one year. That measures out to 2.815 gallons per person over age 14, just edging out Maine.

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#11 South Dakota

Jeez, South Dakota. Save some for the rest of us! An estimated 861,500 inhabitants racked up an impressive 2 million gallons of ethanol consumed in just one year. That's 2.87 gallons per person over 14.

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#10 Idaho

Idaho isn't all potatoes, you know. Of the 1.68 million people living there, some fraction is responsible for the 3.9 million gallons of ethanol consumed. Per person over 14, that adds up to approximately 2.92 gallons each.

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#9 Alaska

Alaska hits the bottle pretty hard, but can you blame them? What else are you supposed to do to pass 30 days of night on the Last Frontier? The 741,500 people in this snowy state are recorded as having consumed 1.7 milllion gallons of ethanol in one year. That's 2.94 gallons per person over 14.

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#8 Wisconsin

When Steven Hyde yelled out "I love Wisconsin!" at the end of the "That '70s Show" theme song, he may or may not have been drunk, because according to science, all leads point to the former. Data shows that the Badger State's 5.77 million residents took in 14.3 million gallons of ethanol in one year, which means each person over 14 is allotted 2.98 gallons.

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#7 Vermont

An estimated 623,000 people living in Vermont collectively consumed 1.6 million gallons of Ben & Jerry's ice cream... er, ethanol in one year. This equates to 3.08 gallons per person over 14.

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#6 Montana

In Montana, the mountains are gorgeous, the rolling meadows are filled with happy cows and the people are getting turnt. It's recorded that an estimated 2.7 million gallons of ethanol were consumed by the state's population of just over a million. That's 3.11 gallons per person over 14.

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#5 North Dakota

North Dakotans seem to keep things pretty quiet, but little did you know, a chunk of its 755,548 inhabitants are at the pub getting gassed. In just one year, they consumed 2 million gallons of ethanol statewide, which equates to 3.26 gallons per person over 14. 

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#4 Nevada

This one shouldn't come as much of a surprise, considering Nevada is home to one of the country's biggest party destinations. Viva Las Vegas! An estimated 2.9 million Silver State residents drank 8.4 million gallons of ethanol in one year. That's 3.46 gallons designated for each person over 14.

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#3 Delaware

The second smallest state does booze pretty big. Delaware's 952,698 residents are recorded as having drunk 3 million gallons of ethanol in one year altogether, which amounts to 3.72 gallons per person over 14.

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#2 Washington, D.C.

Our nation's capital is as lit as the torch held by Lady Liberty. Washington, D.C., has nearly 684,336 residents, many of whom apparently aren't afraid to throw 'em back. Data shows inhabitants consume 2.2 million gallons of ethanol per year as a collective, or 3.85 gallons per person over age 14. What's driving D.C. to drink? We have a few theories.

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#1 New Hampshire

Who cares if it's the fifth smallest state? New Hampshire knows how to hang! Or should we call it New Hammered? The 1.33 million people here drink more per person than in any other state. Collectively, Granite Staters pounded 5.4 million gallons of ethanol in 2016. That's 4.76 gallons per person over 14, which is more than twice the national average (2.35) and more than any other state. It could have something to do with the fact that there's no tax on alcohol here - or maybe everyone's just parched. As a matter of fact, so are we. Save us a seat at the best bar in your state, will ya?

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