Green Bay is drunkest city in Wisconsin and U.S., financial news site says

GREEN BAY, Wis. - It's well known that Wisconsinites like to enjoy a beer or two. Apparently, people in Green Bay do so the most - not just in Wisconsin, but in the entire country.

According to the financial news site 24/7 Wall St., Green Bay is the heaviest drinking metro area in the state and the U.S.

About 26.5 percent of adults drink excessively compared to 24.5 percent in the rest of the state and 18 percent nationwide, the site said.

24/7 Wall St. compiles its list by looking at the percentage of men and women over 18 who report binge or heavy drinking in each state's metro level, along with other data. That information is taken from county research provided by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, which is a joint program between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Data from the CDC on alcohol-induced mortality rates is also used.

Despite the heavy drinking, adults in Green Bay apparently report fewer mentally or physically unhealthy days per month on average than is typical nationwide, according to 24/7 Wall St.

However, alcohol-impaired driving is a considerable problem in Green Bay: It's one of only five metro areas in the country where more than half of all driving deaths involve alcohol, the site said.

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