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Reports: Wilmington once considered 10th drunkest city in America

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Wilmington was once named the 10th drunkest city in the country, according to survey analysis from MainStreet that ranked the cities by adding up the percentage of residents who admit to heavy and binge drinking. Wilmington was once named the 10th drunkest city in the country, according to survey analysis from MainStreet that ranked the cities by adding up the percentage of residents who admit to heavy and binge drinking.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Wilmington was once named the 10th drunkest city in the country, according to survey analysis in 2011 from MainStreet that ranked the cities by adding up the percentage of residents who admit to heavy and binge drinking.

The Centers for Disease Control defines heavy drinking as men having more than two drinks a day and women having more than one.

The CDC defines binge drinking as men having five or more drinks at a time on one or more occasions and women having four or more.

According to a report published by MainStreet, 20.2% of the Wilmington population falls into the binge drinking category which is one fifth of the population. The report says 7.5% of the population falls into the heavy drinking category.

Hilton Head Island, SC is another city in our region that made the list. Coming in at number 8, 19.2% of the Hilton Head population falls in the binge drinking category, while 8.9% are heavy drinkers.

The state of Hawaii took the top two spots on the list of the Drunkest Cities in America.

Hilo is reportedly the drunkest with 21.7% of the population being binge drinkers and 9% heavy drinkers. Kappa didn't fall too far behind – 19.4% of the population is binge drinkers and 11.1% drink heavily.

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