The results are in! These 6 counties are officially the drunkest in New York State. Listen, I'm not completely judging. Adulting needs an antidote, I guess for some people it's excessive drinking. New York State keeps track of the percentage of people in each county who drink excessively. County Health Rankings has compiled the data.
Excessive alcohol use is one of the leading causes of preventable and premature deaths in the United States, responsible for more than 6,700 deaths annually in New York, and more than 140,000 deaths nationwide.
Health Concerns Of Excessive Drinking
Before we get to the county rankings, let's take a look at some of the negative health risks of getting drunk regularly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are quite a few health risks of excessive drinking, including, but not limited to:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Liver disease
- Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.
- Learning and memory problems
- Mental health problems
- Social problems
- Alcohol dependency
The New York State Health Department's Center for Community Health records drinking statistics. As of the end of 2022,
The latest key findings from the Department's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) report, an annual survey of adults, showed one in six adults in New York State (16.7 percent) reported excessive alcohol use in the form of either binge or heavy drinking.
While fewer New Yorkers reported binge drinking than the year prior, there was still a slight increase in reported heavy drinking. An estimated 14.7 percent of adults in New York State reported binge drinking, while 6.5 percent reported heavy drinking.
These Are The 6 Counties In New York State That Get The Drunkest
(Based on the percentage of the population who are drinking excessively)
Genesee County- 23 Percent
Madison County - 23 Percent
Warren County - 23 Percent
Herkimer County - 24 Percent
Rensselaer County - 24 Percent
Saratoga County - 24 Percent
Most Commonly Broke New York State Liquor Laws
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