BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox pitchers and thousands of college students and workers in the city of Boston all have at least one thing in common: they drink alcohol.

They drink so much that Boston has topped The Daily Beast’s list of America’s Drunkest Cities of 2011.

To compile the list, The Daily Beast analyzed data from Experian Simmons to determine the amount of alcohol consumed in 200 American cities, and then took into account the amount of heavy and/or binge drinkers in the city using information from the Centers for Disease Control.

WBZ-TV Political Editor Jon Keller offers his take on this dubious distinction.

According to the report, Boston has 4,750,296 residents over the age of 21. Of that number, 20.1% are considered binge drinkers while another 7.4% are considered heavy drinkers. The average Boston resident consumes 15.5 drinks per month.

Second on the list was Springfield, Massachusetts, with Burlington, Vermont coming in at No. 11. Rounding out New England’s presence on the list was Providence, Rhode Island, which came in at 21.

New York City did not crack the top 25.

Comments (18)
  1. emmom says:

    Not a surprise,,, we have far to many places for people to buy alcohol,

    1. ccc says:

      obviously free choice is insane…

  2. boater says:

    Obviously they missed Cleveland in this study

    1. skoal says:

      sell beer/wine in gas stations too

  3. Fran says:

    Where on earth did they get those statisitcs? There are no where near 4+ million in the city of Boston. Even Most of eastern MA doesn’t come that high.
    From Wikipedia: “…”Greater Boston” usually at least overlaps the North and South Shores, as well as MetroWest and the Merrimack Valley.
    Greater Boston is… home to over 4.6 million people as of the 2010 U.S. Census…”
    And nowhere near all of these are over 21. Makes me doubt the rest of their numbers.

    1. skoal says:

      I’ll drink to tlat!

    2. census says:

      going by metro area which even includes part of New Hampshire

  4. lola says:

    i mean in Nh they even have liquor stores on the highways lol

    1. Conver says:

      also you can get beer or wine in many gas station mini marts

  5. BostonIrish says:

    *Burp* Excuse me! I don’t be-be-believe thish! The beasht ish wronG! *flush*

    1. Willow says:

      Happy New Year, Boston Irish. It appears you’ve begun celebrating already. :)

      1. BostonIrish says:

        Happy New Year, Willow.

        Nonshensh! It’s shtill Chrishmish, ishn’t it? :))

  6. Lindylou says:

    We are probably on the top of the list of people who drive after drinking, too!

  7. eddyjames says:

    If my state was represented by the likes of Barney franks,Ted”he’s dead” Kennedy.Mitt Romney,John “served in Vietnam” Kerry,Joe Kennedy and other liberals with out shame.
    I would probably be a raging alcoholic too.Or hide my shame behind closed doors.

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