Alcohol Consumption By State 2020

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 2020 Pop.
Utah1.345.073,282,115
West Virginia1.766.661,778,070
Arkansas1.86.813,038,999
Oklahoma1.887.123,954,821
Kansas1.927.272,910,357
Georgia1.947.3410,736,059
Kentucky1.987.54,499,692
Alabama2.017.614,908,621
Ohio2.047.7211,747,694
North Carolina2.138.0610,611,862
Tennessee2.148.16,897,576
Virginia2.148.18,626,207
Maryland2.158.146,083,116
Indiana2.178.216,745,354
New York2.228.419,440,469
South Carolina2.228.45,210,095
Mississippi2.238.442,989,260
Nebraska2.238.441,952,570
Washington2.268.567,797,095
New Mexico2.278.592,096,640
Arizona2.318.747,378,494
Illinois2.328.7812,659,682
California2.338.8239,937,489
Michigan2.348.8610,045,029
New Jersey2.348.868,936,574
Texas2.348.8629,472,295
Pennsylvania2.368.9312,820,878
Iowa2.49.083,179,849
Connecticut2.459.273,563,077
Missouri2.499.436,169,270
Massachusetts2.579.736,976,597
Rhode Island2.579.731,056,161
Louisiana2.599.84,645,184
Hawaii2.639.961,412,687
Florida2.6510.0321,992,985
Wyoming2.6710.11567,025
Oregon2.7510.414,301,089
Minnesota2.7710.495,700,671
Colorado2.8110.645,845,526
Maine2.8110.641,345,790
South Dakota2.8710.86903,027
Idaho2.9211.051,826,156
Alaska2.9411.13734,002
Wisconsin2.9811.285,851,754
Vermont3.0811.66628,061
Montana3.1111.771,086,759
North Dakota3.2612.34761,723
Nevada3.4613.13,139,658
Delaware3.7214.08982,895
District of Columbia3.8514.57720,687
New Hampshire4.7618.021,371,246