San Francisco wins high honors in nationwide booze battle

The Daily Beast gives San Francisco the bronze medal in over-imbibing

As if San Franciscans didn't have enough to be proud about, a new distinction has been bestowed upon the city by the bay: it's the third drunkest city in the nation.

According to gossip site The Daily Beast, San Francisco residents fall just slightly behind Milwaukee and Fargo for average drinks per person, per month (though it tops both cities with the 8.2 percent of adults who are heavy drinkers).

The Daily Beast used consumer research to determine the average number of drinks per person, the factored in rates of liver disease. According to their research, the average San Franciscan consumes about 12 drinks a month and 19.6 percent are binge drinkers. There are 6.9 deaths from alcoholic liver disease for every 100,000 residents each year.

Impressive, eh?

This intoxicating news might come as a relief to local barkeeps and restaurateurs who fought to prevent the implementation of an alcoholism mitigation fee earlier this year. The fee would have added collected a few cents per drink -- and, ostensibly, increased the price of alcohol for consumers -- to fund alcoholic treatment programs.

Other top cities in include Burlington, Vt., Boston, Anchorage, San Diego, Minneapolis and Sioux City, Iowa. Of course, Las Vegas made the list too, registering a lowly 36 out of 40 booze guzzling metropolises.


Posted by Gary, a resident of Danville
on Jan 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

This is perfect. First, the Sf'ers are noted for being the city that thinks banning McDonald's Happy Meals will keep their overweight kids lean & fit, and now they are known as a drinker's haven, more than Las Vegas. Wow. Having worked in SF for 18 years, I always knew first-hand that it was often the city of nutwads, but aside from the Giants winning the World Series, what else is there about 2010 to like there?

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