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The 4 Drunkest Cities in the US Are All in Wisconsin: Study

Yes, there's more to Wisconsin than just cheese - there's also a lot of booze.

That's according to a report released Monday by 24/7 Wall St., a news site that examined drinking rates in hundreds of metro areas across the United States to find the "drunkest" and "driest" cities in the country.

According to that study, the four "drunkest" cities in the U.S. are all in Wisconsin, which boasts a total of 10 out of the top 20 cities on the list.

24/7 Wall St. came to that conclusion by reviewing several factors in 381 metro areas: the percentage of adults who reported heavy drinking within a 30-day period, plus the number of bars and restaurants, as well as the share of driving deaths that involved alcohol.

Madison, Wisconsin, was named fourth "drunkest," with just under 26 percent of adults drinking to excess and a whopping 1,464 bars and restaurants.

The study noted that as the home of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, college students were likely contributing to the city's overall excessive drinking rate - but the Badgers didn't make the top three.

Appleton, Wisconsin, came in third, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in second, both with 26.2 percent of adults reporting that they drink to excess - which the study noted was actually the statewide average. For reference, the national average was 18 percent, according to 24/7 Wall St.

And the number-one drunkest city in America is none other than Green Bay, Wisconsin, with 26.5 percent of adults saying they binge drink.

As to how Wisconsin could rank so highly on the list overall, the report noted that "social factors" likely play a role.

"In Wisconsin, alcohol consumption is, for many, an integral part of the state’s culture," the study said.

On the other end of the spectrum, four of the top five "driest" cities in the US were in Utah, with Provo-Orem - the home of Brigham Young University - claiming the top spot.

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