Drink Up, DFW, You're Behind

Area excluded from ‘drunkest cities’ list

by Bruce Felps

This comes as something of a surprise, but neither Dallas nor Fort Worth ranks among the 42 drunkest cities in the United States.

I need a drink and time to let that soak in.

The Daily Beast just published its list using criteria such as the average number of drinks your average resident downs per month, the number of adults classified as heavy drinkers, percentage of adult binge drinkers, and the number of deaths caused by alcoholic liver disease per 100,000 population.

The conclusion: cold climates create hard drinkers. So do warm climates.

Milwaukee and its finest topped the list of cities with residents under the table. Fargo, N.D., ranked second. San Francisco came in third, and Austin cracked the list for our great state at No. 4, but who said legislating requires a clear head?

Reno, Nev., rounded out the top five, and San Antonio, at No. 19, was the only other Texas town to make the blurry list.

C’mon, North Texas, we can do better than this. We need to be at least in the 20 by the time this list comes out again next year.

Drinks are on me.

Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He does not really advocate for heavy drinking. He's just kidding around a little, as far as you know.

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