Alcohol — Statistical Oddity

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24/7WallStreet has people who browse public data and can be fun reading.  (No, I don’t pay steinattention to their stock tips, so I can’t comment on them.)

The latest is a review of “self-reported binge and heavy drinking rates among adults in U.S. metro areas from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program.”

You can understand the involvement of UW in this when you notice that 11 of the 20 heaviest drinking Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the US are in Wisconsin.  The number 1 MSA in the country for excessive alcohol use is Appleton, WI.

In context, there are more than 3300 MSAs in the US.  Having this concentration in Wisconsin is not a random event.

I grew up aware of an association between Milwaukee and beer, but this is ridiculous.

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Sources:  http://247wallst.com/special-report/2016/05/14/the-drunkest-and-driest-cities-in-america/2/

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