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Report: Arizona ranks among top tier of states for alcoholic consumption

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PHOENIX — Drink up! If you’re in Arizona, chances are you’re doing it anyway.

Arizona ranked toward the top of the nation for monthly alcoholic consumption, The Washington Post reported.

But the monthly drinking rate for residents 12 years and older in Arizona has relatively unchanged from 2008 to 2015.

The drinking rate in Arizona in 2008-2009 was 51.15 percent. In 2015, it was 51.19.

However, Arizona fell short to New England, which The Post dubbed as “home to the nation’s heaviest drinkers.” New Hampshire led the charge, with 64 percent of residents 12 years and older drinking monthly.

Wisconsin, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut also boasted monthly drinking rates over 60 percent.

The Post said that northwestern states tend to have higher drinking rates because the long and cold winters could drive some to drink out of boredom.

At the other end of the spectrum was Utah, which had the nation’s lowest drinking rate of 31 percent. More than 58 percent of Utah residents are Mormon, a religion which strictly prohibits the use of alcohol and other drugs.

Alabama, Mississippi and other Southern states with large Christian populations also boasted low drinking rates.

So if you’re looking to join the 51 percent of Arizonans consuming alcohol each month, check out Taste of Tops in Tempe, which has recently been ranked the best place to grab a craft beer in Arizona.

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