Mankato-North Mankato was the only Minnesota city to make the list of 20 drunkest cities in America.

Twelve Wisconsin cities, on the other hand, made the same list, once again confirming our suspicions that Wisconsinites are a bunch of sudsy sods.

Financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St. recently updated their study of the 20 drunkest and driest cities in America. The Midwest dominated the list of drunkest cities with 18 cities total; 12 were in Wisconsin, 2 each in Iowa and North Dakota, and 1 each in Nebraska and Minnesota.

Despite the significantly higher populations of cities like Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, and even St. Cloud, Mankato-North Mankato (ranked 22nd largest city in MN according to minnesota-demographics.com) was the only Minnesota city to make the 24/7 Wall St. list. The article notes that Mankato-North Mankato is one of the few US cities where more than 50% of the population is male, likely contributing to the relatively high 24.2% of adults who binge drink. That's because, according to the CDC, men are two times more likely to drink alcohol excessively than women. The article also notes that 20.8% of driving deaths in the Mankato metro involved alcohol.

The drunkest city in America, according to 24/7 Wall St., is Appleton, WI. Here's the full list of Top 20:

  1. Appleton, Wis.
  2. Oshkosh/Neenah, Wis.
  3. Green Bay, Wis.
  4. Madison, Wis.
  5. Fargo, N.D.
  6. La Crosse/Onalaska, Wis.
  7. Fond du Lac, Wis.
  8. Ames, Iowa
  9. Eau Claire, Wis.
  10. Mankato/North Mankato, Minn.
  11. Wausau, Wis.
  12. Sheboygan, Wis.
  13. Missoula, Mont.
  14. Grand Forks, N.D.
  15. Racine, Wis.
  16. Janesville/Beloit, Wis.
  17. Milwaukee/Waukesha/West Allis, Wis.
  18. Lincoln, Neb.
  19. Iowa City, Iowa
  20. Corvallis, Ore.

According to the CDC, "alcohol is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States, claiming nearly 88,000 lives a year."

"Excessive drinking can take the form of binge drinking or heavy drinking. The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men during a single sitting. Heavy drinking is defined as some 15 or more drinks consumed per week for men and eight or more drinks for women."

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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