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Wisconsin ranked worst in country for binge drinking

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Wisconsin leads the nation in binge drinking, according to America's Health Rankings study.

24-percent of people surveyed who were over 18-years-old in Wisconsin said they drank excessively in the last 30 days.

Excessive drinking is considered five drinks for a man and four drinks for a woman on one occasion.

Keith Lease, Coulee Council on Addiction, Executive Director, thinks it has a lot to do with the history of breweries in the state.

Lease said drinking has been a part of the culture here for a long time and some people are proud of it.

"Wisconsin, you know, has a problem with the amount of alcohol we consume. And not just the amount of alcohol but how we consume it. Drinking is an event here," Lease said.

Tennessee had the least number of binge drinkers according to the survey with ten percent.

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