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Uh Oh… Here Are The 12 Drunkest Counties In Kentucky

Kentucky is bourbon and horse country by reputation, and we happen to have an abundance of residents that enjoy drinking spirits. Some are social, some are frequent, others go overboard, or don’t touch alcohol at all. We currently have at least 70 different types of licenses in regards to the sale of alcohol, including 4 different types of restaurant licensing. Overall, the Bluegrass State provides a minimum of around 13,000 liquor licenses yearly across the state.

For the most part, Kentuckians hold their liquor and maintain. However, some counties do have an issue with binge drinkers, according to data collected by Kentucky Health Rankings and Roadmaps.  This list is based on counties with a population of 20,000 or less, along with KHRR data.

Here are 12 counties where binge drinking seems to be the favored pass time:

When you look at the population versus the percentage of binge drinkers, the majority of these counties have over 10% of their population with an alcohol issue. Some people may keep it well hidden; only drinking at home. Others might frequent the local taverns and drink with friends. Either way, there’s an obvious issue with admitted binging on alcohol in these counties. There are other counties in Kentucky with larger percentages, but they also have a much larger populations. Ironically, I don’t believe any of these listed counties are known for having a large distillery. What are your thoughts on the alcohol issues in these otherwise beautiful counties?

Jenn Shockley
I am somewhat a cliche'. I grew up running around barefoot on a farm in Kentucky. I love writing, art, sunshine, all animals and my incredibly patient husband, who tolerates my "crazy animal lady" side.