Alcohol consumption

10 U.S. states with the highest alcohol consumption

10. South Dakota

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 2.87

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2018: 28

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2018: 1

Impaired driving arrests in 2018: 5,522

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9. Colorado

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 2.88

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2018: 188

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2018: 19

Impaired driving arrests in 2018: 20,353

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8.Wisconsin

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 2.93

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2019: 183

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2019: 11

Impaired driving arrests in 2019: 23,934

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7.Idaho

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 2.94

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2019: 68

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2019: 6

Impaired driving arrests in 2019: 7,893

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6. Vermont

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 3.06

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2018: 9

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2018: 0

Impaired driving arrests in 2018: 2,680

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5.Montana

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 3.1

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2019: 66

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2019: seven

Impaired driving arrests in 2019: 3,681

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4. North Dakota

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 3.16

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2018: 41

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2018: 3

Impaired driving arrests in 2018: 4,827

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3. Nevada

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 3.42

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2018: 87

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2018: seven

Impaired driving arrests in 2018: 10,984

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2.Delaware

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 3.52

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2018: 31

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2018: 1

Impaired driving arrests in 2018: 452

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1.New Hampshire

Gallons of alcohol consumed annually per capita: 4.67

Alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2019: 40

Deaths under the age of 21 while driving while impaired by alcohol in 2019: 1

Impaired driving arrests in 2019: 5,116

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While St. Patrick’s Day began as a way to commemorate the death of Ireland’s patron saint in the fifth century, it has become an occasion for people around the world to throw on their best green and come together to take a drink with friends. Of course, this isn’t the only time of year when people indulge in alcohol. According world population reviewthe United States ranks 25th in the world for alcohol consumption, with the average American drinking about 2.35 gallons of the intoxicant each year.

Drinking isn’t all fun and games, though. Accidents involving drunk drivers are often devastating and can expose the perpetrators to serious consequences. Besides the legal penalties, people with a DUI on their record will often have a hard time getting affordable auto insurance — if they can find someone to insure them. According Forbes, the average auto insurance increase for people with a DUI is 74%. That equates to about $1,470 more per year in premiums on average.

Those who live to shell out the extra cash for insurance are the luckiest, though. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 28 people die each day in the United States in drunk driving-related crashes. These accidents account for about a third of road deaths. While NHTSA reports that drunk driving deaths in 2019 hit their lowest level since 1982, the year still saw more than 10,000 deaths from impaired drivers, and the CDC says these crashes cost nearly $44 billion.

In this slideshow, we look at the 10 states with the highest average per capita alcohol consumption according to World Population Review, as well as the DUI statistics for those states in Responsibility.org.

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