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: