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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010 Jan;7(1):269-83. doi: 10.3390/ijerph7010269. Epub 2010 Jan 20.

Categorizing US state drinking practices and consumption trends.

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  • 1Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, Emeryville, CA 94608, USA.


US state alcohol consumption patterns and trends are examined in order to identify groups of states with similar drinking habits or cultures. Rates of heavy drinking and current abstention and per capita apparent consumption levels are used to categorize states. Six state groupings were identified: North Central and New England with the highest consumption and heavy drinking levels; Middle Atlantic, Pacific and South Coast with moderate drinking levels; and Dry South with the lowest drinking levels. Analyses of relationships between beer and spirits series for states within groups as compared to those in different groups failed to clearly indicate group cohesiveness.


United States; alcohol; drinking pattern; regional

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