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D.C. ranked among ‘25 Drunkest Cities’ in U.S.

Washington has found its way onto yet another superlative list. This time, the nation’s capital is ranked among the “25 Drunkest Cities” in the U.S.

D.C. placed 9th on this year’s list, the third annual ranking released by the Daily Beast.

Other cities in the top 10 include New Orleans, Charleston, and Norfolk, Va. America’s “drunkest city” is Boston, for the second year in a row.

The rankings are based on three criteria: the average number of drinks consumed by adults each month, the percentage of the population classified as binge drinkers, and the percentage of the population classified as heavy drinkers.

Stats were pulled from market researchers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Daily Beast.

Washingtonians reportedly drink an average of 15.6 alcoholic beverages each month. More than 14 percent are classified as binge drinkers and 5 percent are considered heavy drinkers, according to the report.

Absent from the 2012 list is Seattle, which placed 19th out of 25 last year. Regardless of how things shake out when the Redskins face off against the Seahawks this Sunday, Washingtonians apparently have the upper hand when it comes to heavy drinking. (And that’s not necessarily a good thing.)


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