How much do you drink?  According to a new study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the average Florida resident consumes 2.7 gallons of alcohol per year.  Florida ranks 13th on the list of the Drunkest States, which include all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. 

Looking at the rankings, the cold weather states seem to drink us "under the table."  New Hampshire is No. 1, followed by Washington D.C., Delaware and North Dakota.  Nevada comes in at No. 5 and while it's far from cold, it is the state with Las Vegas. 

This data shows consumption for the year 2012, the most recent statistics available, and while seven states decreased in their consumption, 43 states and D.C. went up.  Count Florida among the states where booze consumption is up.

While these numbers may be somewhat fun to look at and conject about, there is a serious reason for this study.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to bring the average down to 2.1 gallons by the year 2020. 

1. New Hampshire 4.65
2. Dist. of Columbia 3.89
3. Delaware 3.59
4. North Dakota 3.42
5. Nevada 3.27
6. Wisconsin 3
7. Montana 2.96
8. Vermont 2.92
9. Alaska 2.82
10. Colorado 2.76
11. Idaho 2.76
12. South Dakota 2.76
13. Florida 2.72
14. Rhode Island 2.72
15. Minnesota 2.7
16. Wyoming 2.67
17. Maine 2.65
18. Oregon 2.65
19. Louisiana 2.6
20. Massachusetts 2.57
21. Hawaii 2.54
22. Arizona 2.43
23. Missouri 2.42
24. Connecticut 2.39
25. Iowa 2.39
26. New Jersey 2.39
27. Illinois 2.36
28. New Mexico 2.36
29. California 2.35
30. South Carolina 2.33
31. Nebraska 2.32
32. Michigan 2.29
33. Texas 2.28
34. Pennsylvania 2.26
35. Washington 2.25
36. Maryland 2.21
37. Mississippi 2.2
38. New York 2.17
39. Virginia 2.13
40. North Carolina 2.05
41. Ohio 2.03
42. Alabama 2
43. Tennessee 2
44. Georgia 1.99
45. Indiana 1.97
46. Kansas 1.95
47. Oklahoma 1.94
48. Kentucky 1.87
49. Arkansas 1.81
50. West Virginia 1.81
51. Utah 1.37

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