Pennsylvanian’s Imbibe 30% More Alcohol than Arkansans, Mississippians
According to a recent survey, people in Pennsylvania tend to consume more alcohol than in other areas of the nation particularly over the holidays, but are by no means the biggest consumers, writes Christopher Ingraham for The Washington Post.
A recent survey by the Department of Health and Human Services has found that 56.56 percent of Pennsylvanian residents have a drink at least once a month. In particular, the holiday period often shows a sharp spike in alcohol consumption as people literally get into the holiday spirit.
Also, according to the survey results, alcohol consumption is higher the further you get from the equator with New Hampshire claiming the top spot at 64 percent. Many experts believe this is largely from boredom as the weather is cold and the nights are significantly longer.
Another interesting fact is that the number of consumers does not change much over time. In Pennsylvania the rate for 2008-2009 was 55.06 percent, just 1.5 percent lower than in 2015-2016.
By contrast, just 39 percent of adults in Mississippi and 42 percent in Arkansas consumed alcohol at least once a month, two states with low alcohol intake. Only Utah, at 31 percent, had a lower rate of alcohol intake.
Before feeling guilty however, it has been shown that enjoying a cold one can result in a roughly 4 percent increase in happiness, so cheers!
Read more about national drinking trends at The Washington Post by clicking here.
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