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Uh Oh… Here Are The 10 Drunkest Counties In North Dakota

North Dakotans love their liquor, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. It’s one of three midwest states with the highest rate of binge drinking in the country. The study, published by the American Journal of Public Health, focused on drinkers over the age of 21, and included both binge and heavy drinking.

North Dakota has four counties on the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s list for 10 highest binge-drinking counties in the country:

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s list of the top 10 heavy-drinking counties in the country includes two North Dakota counties:

If your county isn’t listed yet, don’t rest too easy. Overall, North Dakota has the seventh highest rate of DUIs in the nation, and ranks poorly in other drinking polls. Roadsnacks recently named several North Dakota counties on its list of high drinking rates. Its list was less scientific than the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s study. It took into consideration the number of drinking establishments per capita, how many people were talking about drinking (via social media) and the divorce rate (drawing on studies that find parallels between the likelihood of divorce when one partner is an alcoholic). Roadsnacks.com’s top North Dakota counties for drinking include:

So…folks in North Dakota like their liquor. It’s not the greatest news, especially when it comes to the health of North Dakotans. But you know what? North Dakotans are also some of the best people in the country. Read this article about the 9 Reasons Why People From North Dakota Are Unbelievably Tough, and you’ll agree!

Catherine Rees
Catherine is a lifelong resident of Utah. She's a writer, researcher and observer of the human condition.