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20 drinks a week is considered average in Wisconsin, heavy elsewhere

Brad Williams

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Not many states beat Wisconsin, when it comes to drinking. 

A study done by an organization that deals with substance abuse ranks the Badger State 7th in the country in average alcohol consumption during 2020.  Alaska had the highest personal average. 

The “DrugAbuse.com” survey of 3000 drinkers shows that Wisconsin residents, on average, consume 20 alcoholic drinks a week.  The national average is 17, which is defined as “heavy” drinking by the CDC. 

A standard drink is defined in the study as a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.

The survey indicates 1 out of every 4 drinkers in the U.S. has been drinking more during the pandemic lockdown of the past year, staying home to drink if bars are closed.

Wisconsin residents drank an average of 1025 standard size alcoholic drinks last year, compared to 829 drinks per person in Iowa, and 804 drinks in Minnesota. 

Alaska, Rhode Island, and New Jersey had the heaviest drinkers, with the fewest drinks per person being consumed in New Hampshire and Hawaii.     

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.