As we hit mid-month, some early participants in Dry January might be having a weak moment or second thoughts. Same with that gym membership and new smoothie maker. For fun, let’s speculate about which states are most and least likely to be sticking with this sober start to the year.
For our best guess, we turn to the researchers at the price-tracking website Pricelisto.com. They have crunched the numbers and analyzed and ranked each state against three categories: alcohol consumption, cost of excessive alcohol consumption and percentage of binge drinking per state.
“There are many complex socio-economic factors that could affect the numbers shown in this data, and although there are some stark differences in alcohol consumption and spending across the states, adherence to Dry January is completely individual,” the researchers note.
Most likely to complete Dry January
Stand out drinking stats:
- Utah ranked as the state because, duh, it consumes the least amount of alcohol in the US, and spends the least amount on excessive alcohol consumption.
- West Virginia had the lowest percentage of binge drinkers out of every state in America.
- Georgia has the fifth lowest alcohol consumption in the country and is also ranked in the top ten when it comes to state spending on excessive alcohol consumption.
- Fifth on the list is Oklahoma, which ranked fourth and third best respectively for alcohol consumption and percentage of binge drinkers in the country.
- Despite ranking at 27 for the cost of excessive alcohol consumption per capita, Alabama ranked number six on the list.
- Kentucky has the sixth-lowest amount of binge drinkers in the US.
- Arkansas consumes the third least amount of alcohol in the country.
- In eighth place is Tennessee which ranked in the lowest 15 states for alcohol consumption and percentage of binge drinkers.
- Indiana ranked fifth in the country for the least amount spent on alcohol consumption and ninth in the overall list.
- The tenth most likely state to complete Dry January is Mississippi. The Magnolia State has the fifth lowest percentage of binge drinking in the country.
Least likely to complete Dry January
Standout drinking stats
- Montana has been named as the state most likely to struggle with completing Dry January because it has the third worst binge drinking percentage and the fifth highest alcohol consumption in the country.
- The state of Alaska is the second most likely state to fail Dry January and the state with the highest cost of excessive alcohol use in the US.
- Wisconsin is the third most likely state in the US to fail Dry January and it is also the worst state in the country when it comes to binge drinking.
- Wyoming ranked in the top three states for the highest cost of excessive alcohol use which landed it as the fourth most likely state to fail Dry January.
- The fifth state most likely to fail Dry January is Vermont. Vermont is the sixth worst state when it comes to overall alcohol consumption.
For a more comprehensive look at Dry January and the non-alcohol movement in the craft beer community, check out this feature.