Denver, you’re the drunkest. Congratulations?

The Denver metro is apparently the 29th drunkest city among all 50 states.

Lilly O'Shea (left) and Allison Ives drink a beer at Satellite on Colfax. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)beer; nightlife; kevinjbeaty; bars; denverite; denver; colorado;
A beer keg. (Jenn Durfey/Flickr)
A beer keg. (Jenn Durfey/Flickr)

Hey, Denver,

You’re the drunkest metro in the state. You drink in excess more than any of the six other population hubs across Colorado, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Before we have celebratory shots, the financial news and opinion blog wants to point out “consuming excessive amounts of alcohol is associated with a range of health problems. One in 10 deaths among U.S. adults is due to excessive drinking, according to the Centers for Disease Control.”

Nineteen percent of residents in Denver reported that they were heavy drinkers in a County Health Rankings & Roadmaps survey. That makes the metro the 29th drunkest city among all 50 states, according to 24/7 Wall St.

Dubuque, Iowa took home the No. 1 spot. in the blog’s ranking with 30.8 percent of people saying they drink in excess. Overall, Colorado was the 18th drunkest state in the union and had the 22nd highest number of driving deaths that were alcohol related.

Excessive drinking was defined as either binge drinking or heavy drinking.

Binge drinking is defined by the CDC as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men during a single sitting. The organization defines heavy drinking as around 15 or more drinks consumed by men per week, and typically eight or more drinks for women.

If perchance you need serious help reducing your alcohol intake, you can see resources in the Denver area here. There’s also a self-test on alcoholism from the The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence available here.

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Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

Adrian D. Garcia

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Adrian D. Garcia covers business and trends for Denverite. He's covered business for The Fort Collins Coloradoan and serves as treasurer for the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.