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New Orleans, Not Drunkest City

Not even rated among the top ten in the country

February 5, 2010 - Many of us from Louisiana and other parts of the country have always thought of New Orleans being the drunkest city in the country. Turns out New Orleans, or any other city in Louisiana, didn't even make the top ten list.

Men’s Health drew up the list based on data such as death rates from alcoholic liver disease, booze-fueled car crashes, frequency of binge-drinking in the past month, number of DUI arrests, and severity of DUI penalties, USA Today reported. The list will appear in the magazine’s March issue.

The "drunkest" cities, starting with the wettest:

  1. Fresno, Calif.
  2. Reno, Nev.
  3. Billings, Mont.
  4. Riverside, Calif.
  5. Austin, Tex.
  6. St. Louis, Mo.
  7. San Antonio, Tex.
  8. Lubbock, Tex.
  9. Bakersfield, Calif.
This should debunk all the previous myths about New Orleans being the drunkest city in the country. However, this Sunday will probably rank as one of drunkest days in New Orleans history. Two weeks back, the Saints won their first opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. The city and the big party began and may not end for days after the Super Bowl game. If the Saints win the Super Bowl, on the first big weekend of Mardi Gras, it will be a party that won't quit. If they lose everyone will be drinking to fuel their depression. Bobby Charles might have died three weeks back, but his famous song, “PARTY TOWN,” lives on.

Article by Leo Touchet, March 1, 2010