Study: D.C. singles are nation’s biggest boozers


View Photo Gallery: A new day in Washington often means another absurd, painfully accurate and always entertaining superlative for us pops up in the news. Ugliest? Check. Happiest single ladies? Check. Highly caffeinated? You know it. Read on for more examples of what the rest of the country thinks we are.

Hot on the heels of last week’s revelation about D.C. singles, yet another dating site has a superlative to bestow on the nation’s capital: America’s biggest boozers.

In the latest “study” pitting Washingtonians against residents of other major U.S. cities, HowAboutWe.com found that 34 percent of D.C. singles rate themselves “heavy drinkers” — the highest percentage in the country.

Tied behind D.C. were New York and Chicago, with 33 percent apiece.

In a surprising twist, singles in Las Vegas claim to be the nation’s lightest drinkers.

The results are based on the answers to the HowAboutWe profile question “How much do you drink?”

People who answered “frequently” or “very frequently” were classified as heavy drinkers. People who answered “never” or “seldom” were classified as light drinkers. The number of alcoholic beverages that correspond to “frequently” or “seldom” were not specified.

The list was released days before one of the biggest drinking days of the year, St. Patrick’s Day.

Check out the full list and share your thoughts on findings in the comments below:

America’s Heaviest Drinkers:

1. Washington, D.C.

2. New York City

3. Chicago

4. Austin, TX

5. Boston

6. Denver

7. San Francisco

8. Portland, OR

9. Philadelphia

10. St. Louis, MO

America’s Lightest Drinkers:

1. Las Vegas

2. Tampa, Fla.

3. Phoenix, AZ

4. Detroit

5. Miami

6. Atlanta

7. Dallas

8. Sacramento

9. Los Angeles

10. Cleveland

More D.C. superlatives:

Happiest single ladies

Worst traffic congestion

Sixth ugliest city

One of America’s least manly cities

Second-fittest city

Third-rudest city

Sixth-most caffeinated city

Sixth-most hipster city

Most literate city

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