Despite its reputation as a city full of cursing, blue-collar drunks with shitty accents, Boston is the least intoxicated city in the nation, according to Men’s Health magazine’s list of the “drunkest” cities in the United States.
The magazine, which advertises the latest and greatest way to get laid but also puts half-naked men on its cover, compiled a list of 100 cities, graded and ranked them most to least drunk, considering factors such as “death rates from alcoholic liver disease, booze-fueled car crashes, frequency of binge-drinking in the past month, number of DUI arrests, and severity of DUI penalties,” according to a USA Today summary.
The most drunk city: Fresno, Calif., followed by No. 2 Reno, No. 3 Billings, Mont., No. 4 Riverside, Calif. and, rounding out the top five, Austin. Three Texas cities made it into the top 10, the other two being San Antonio and Lubbock, which was dry up until about a year ago. My home base of operations, Fort Worth, ranked No. 55, earning a C grade, whatever that means.
I don’t put much stock into this whole list – there are a lot of factors I suspect they didn’t consider, such as public transportation use, which would affect number of drunk driving accidents, number and proximity of bars, and the business those bars pull in. Oh well. It’s fodder for pissing contests about whose city can out-drink another person’s place of birth.
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