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The drunkest city in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida

(image: MGN){ }The drunkest city in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida

According to a new poll from the website 247WallSt.com, data from the CDC identifies the metropolitan areas reporting the highest levels of binge and heavy drinking in each state.

Excessive drinking is more common in the Auburn-Opelika area than in any other metro area in Alabama. An estimated 15.9% of area adults are either heavy or binge drinkers, a larger share than the 13.0% of adults across the state.

Despite ranking as the heaviest drinking metro area in the state, adults in Auburn-Opelika are less likely to drink excessively than the typical American adult. Nationwide, an estimated 18.0% of adults drink excessively.

Florida's drunkest city is defined as "Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL" with alcohol-related driving deaths at 39.4% - in the top 10% of the country.

Across Florida, only 17.4% of adults drink excessively, a smaller share than the 18.0% of adults nationwide. According to the poll, in Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, 20.8% of adult residents drink excessively, the largest such share of any metro area in the Sunshine State.

In addition to having the state’s highest excessive drinking rate, the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin metro area also has the state’s highest alcohol-related roadway fatalities rate.

39.4% of driving deaths in the metro area involve alcohol. To compare, 28.2% of roadway fatalities statewide and 30.0% nationwide are alcohol related.

The poll favored the Mississippi coast, naming that state's drunkest city "Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS," noting, "13.3% of Mississippi adults drink excessively, the fifth smallest share of any state. While the 14.0% excessive drinking rate in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metro area is the highest of any metro in the state, it is far below the 18.0% national excessive drinking rate and among the lowest of any city nationwide."

Click here for the poll's methodology and findings

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