Alcohol Consumption By State 2019

Alcoholic drinks are beverages that contain ethanol, an alcohol made by the fermentation of a source of sugar, such as grains or fruit. Examples are beer, wine, and vodka.

While alcohol plays an important social role in many cultures, excessive consumption can lead to several health problems. Among these are pancreatitis, liver disease, heart disease, and cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and liver. Alcohol is responsible for causing drunk driving crashes that claim more than 10,000 lives per year.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) found that most states in the US exceeded their per capita alcohol consumption goal in 2016. The goal was set at 2.1 gallons or less per year, and the average was 2.35 gallons.

New Hampshire had the highest consumption of alcohol with alcohol consumption per capita of 4.76 gallons. This is more than double the goal set for the United States. Utah has the lowest consumption of alcohol, with alcohol consumption per capita of 1.34 gallons. This is most likely attributed to the strict alcohol regulations in Utah. Only nine states have alcohol consumption per capita less than the 2.1-gallon goal.

The ten states with the highest alcohol consumption per capita (in gallons) are:

  1. New Hampshire (4.76 gallons)
  2. District of Columbia (3.85 gallons)
  3. Delaware (3.72 gallons)
  4. Nevada (3.46 gallons)
  5. North Dakota (3.26 gallons)
  6. Montana (3.11 gallons)
  7. Vermont (3.08 gallons)
  8. Wisconsin (2.98 gallons)
  9. Alaska (2.94 gallons)
  10. Idaho (2.92 gallons)
State Alcohol Consumption in Gallons Alcohol Consumption in Liters 2019 Pop.
New Hampshire4.7618.021,363,852
District of Columbia3.8514.57711,571
Delaware3.7214.08975,033
Nevada3.4613.13,087,025
North Dakota3.2612.34760,900
Montana3.1111.771,074,532
Vermont3.0811.66627,180
Wisconsin2.9811.285,832,661
Alaska2.9411.13735,720
Idaho2.9211.051,790,182
South Dakota2.8710.86892,631
Maine2.8110.641,342,097
Colorado2.8110.645,770,545
Minnesota2.7710.495,655,925
Oregon2.7510.414,245,901
Wyoming2.6710.11572,381
Florida2.6510.0321,646,155
Hawaii2.639.961,416,589
Louisiana2.599.84,652,581
Rhode Island2.579.731,056,738
Massachusetts2.579.736,939,373
Missouri2.499.436,147,861
Connecticut2.459.273,567,871
Iowa2.49.083,167,997
Pennsylvania2.368.9312,813,969
New Jersey2.348.868,922,547
Michigan2.348.8610,020,472
Texas2.348.8629,087,070
California2.338.8239,747,267
Illinois2.328.7812,700,381
Arizona2.318.747,275,070
New Mexico2.278.592,096,034
Washington2.268.567,666,343
Nebraska2.238.441,940,919
Mississippi2.238.442,987,895
South Carolina2.228.45,147,111
New York2.228.419,491,339
Indiana2.178.216,718,616
Maryland2.158.146,062,917
Tennessee2.148.16,833,793
Virginia2.148.18,571,946
North Carolina2.138.0610,497,741
Ohio2.047.7211,718,568
Alabama2.017.614,898,246
Kentucky1.987.54,484,047
Georgia1.947.3410,627,767
Kansas1.927.272,910,931
Oklahoma1.887.123,948,950
Arkansas1.86.813,026,412
West Virginia1.766.661,791,951
Utah1.345.073,221,610