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Cleveland is boozier than Pittsburgh

Written by Melissa McCart on

Despite a proliferation of neighborhood bars, universities and other factors that would suggest Pittsburgh is a drinking town, it does not rank among the top 25 booziest cities, according to The Daily Beast findings this week. 

Cleveland does. 

The report was compiled according to drinks per month per adult data from Experian Marketing Services, weighted 50 percent in a final tally, and percentage of residents who are binge and heavy drinkers according to reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, weighted 25 percent in a final tally. 

In Cleveland, which is ranked 24th on the list, 13 percent of adults binge drink per month, while 20 percent of the population is classified as binge-drinking. Six percent of residents is labeled heavy drinkers.

According to the findings, more people binge drink in Boston than in any other city. 

Other compilations -- such as those from the United Health Foundation, which compiles findings from the CDC, American Medical Association and the US Census -- rank Pennsylvania as a bigger binge drinking state at 26th out of 50, compared to Ohio, which ranks 37th of 50.

The CDC defines binge drinking as more than four drinks in a sitting for women, five for men, four or more times a month. One in six U.S. adults binge drinks about four times a month, swilling an average of eight drinks per binge. 

Though college kids get the rap for binge drinking, 70 percent of it occurs among adults 26 years old or older. While binge drinking is more common among young adults aged 18 to 34 years, binge drinkers aged 65 years and older report binge drinking more often — an average of five to six times a month.

Binge drinking is most common among those with household incomes higher than $70,000.

United Heath Foundation chart

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