See where Utah ranks on list of ‘drunkest’ states in U.S.

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Every country has its own claim to fame when it comes to alcohol. Ireland is still riding its success with Guinness and Germany has Oktoberfest.

In this story

  • Utah ranks as "most sober" state with fewest bars per capita.
  • Wisconsin ranks as the "least sober" state with the most bars per person.

America’s drinking habits aren’t anything to be belittled, either.

According to a recent Washington Post article, “the top 10 percent of American drinkers – 24 million adults over age 18 – consume, on average, 74 alcoholic drinks per week. That works out to a little more than four-and-a-half 750 ml bottles of Jack Daniels, 18 bottles of wine, or three 24-can cases of beer. In one week.”

So where are these heavy drinkers likely to hang out? FindTheHome crunched the numbers in order to find out which states have the most bars per capita.

And you guessed it, Utah is at the very bottom of the list.

It measured the states with the most bars per 10,000 people and found that the density of bars around various states seems to depend on the region.

Many states in the South and Southwest have the least amount of bars per 10,000 people, then the density increases as you go north.

The most sober state is Utah, which has only 1.73 bars per 10,000 people. According to the New York Times, “the state’s liquor laws — heavily influenced by the Mormon Church, which has its headquarters here and which frowns upon alcohol — are still among the most complex in the country.”

Two years ago, Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. tweaked the laws to make them a bit less strict—ending an old system in which those would wanted to drink had to become “members” of bars—but the numbers seem to show that finding a drink in the state is not easy.

In contrast, Wisconsin is the place to be for those looking for a quick beer or two. With 12.5 bars per 10,000 people, the state’s drinking culture is well supported. Perhaps too well supported, though. According to a 2012 report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), nearly 26 percent of adults in Wisconsin binge drink and average nine drinks per outing.


  • Holly

    Clearly they didn’t count all of the wine bars in California! This state is owned by the wine industry, I used to live in the Santa Ynez Valley and I watched the entire area turn into one big giant bar. One town, los Olivos, is now literally almost all wine bars and nothing else. Truly, if the next time they do one of these surveys they count all those wine bars, I would bet easily that California would come out on the top of the list for the drunkest state.

  • Lance

    The state has made it criminally difficult and expensive to get a liquor license and we all know why.

  • Chris

    I thought I was an alcoholic until I read the top 10 percent drink nearly 3500ml a week….at my worst I hit half of that, that is a lot of drinking! RIP their livers

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