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Does Connecticut Have a Drinking Problem?

March 8, 2018 By Staff
Does Connecticut Have a Drinking Problem?

While overall Connecticut tends to be healthy, excessive drinking remains a concern.

The health hazards of excessive drinking are well known, so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collects data to help identify states with the highest levels of adults “who binge drink or drink heavily.”

A recent review of the data carried out by 24/7 Wall St. placed Connecticut as #18 for excessive drinking, with a detailed profile:

18. Connecticut

  • Adults drinking excessively: 18.6%
  • Alcohol-related driving deaths: 33.4% (18th highest)
  • Adults in fair or poor health: 14.3% (17th lowest)
  • Drunkest metro area: Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

Alcohol is not cheap, and wealthy individuals are more likely than lower-income individuals to be able to afford drinking on a regular basis. Connecticut is one of the wealthier states with a median household income of $73,433 a year, which greatly exceeds the comparable national income of $57,617. Some 18.6% of adults in the state binge or heavily drink, more than the comparable national share of 18%.

Overall, adults in Connecticut tend to report healthy outcomes, with a low obesity rate. Only “13.5% of adults reportedly smoke, the third lowest rate of any state.”

However, this recent ranking for excessive drinking does put the Nutmeg State on the higher side of the list, not the best news for a state that always seems to struggle when compared to its peers.