Is lower Fairfield County one of the “drunkest” metropolitan areas in America?
The website Mainstreet.com has ranked U.S. cities according to their admitted rates of binge drinking in a 2009 Centers for Disease Control survey and the Stamford-Bridgeport metro area comes in at number 7 — just under Milwaukee, the beer capital of America.
Places like Fargo, N.D. and Bozeman, Mont. dominate the top of the list, which makes a little more sense than Connecticut, where our entertainment options are slightly more diverse.
Given our puritan roots and a legislature that can’t manage to ease the state’s blue laws limiting alcohol sales on Sundays, do we deserve this dubious distinction?
As one of the wealthiest states in the country, people in Connecticut may be able to afford a few extra drinks now and then, but that doesn’t mean they should. The residents of Stamford had a wake-up call earlier this year when it was discovered that a group of high school freshmen were found to be binge drinking, leading to at least once case of alcohol poisoning.
Heavy Drinkers: 7.2% of the population
Binge Drinkers: 21.5% of the population
MainStreet’s full list:
1. Hilo, Hawaii
2. Kapaa, Hawaii
3. Fargo, N.D.
4. Butte-Silver Bow, Mont.
5. Bozeman, Mont.
6. Milwaukee, Wisc.
7. Bridgeport-Stamford, Conn.
8. Hilton Head Island, S.C.
9. San Francisco, Calif.
10. Wilmington, N.C.