LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Three Florida cities are making the list for being the booziest cities in the country. In fact, U.S. News and World report says two of them are right here in Southwest Florida.
This list seems to be weighted more toward people who live in each city who do the drinking, as opposed to what the tourists do when they come to town. So forget about Key West here in Florida, or maybe Miami as being on the list. We're talking about Naples and Cape Coral. According the U.S. News and World report rankings, Naples is the seventh booziest city in the country.
- 8.1 percent of it's residents said to be heavy drinkers, and Cape Coral ranks ninth.
- 8.1 percent of the population apparently considered to be heavy drinkers.
The third Florida city on the list, ranked the highest for our state, is Palm Bay.
Melbourne came in second with 9.1 percent of it's residents considered heavy drinkers.
The number one city from U.S. News and World report is Reno, Nevada.
- 9.4 percent heavy drinkers.
After Palm Bay, two college towns finished third and fourth. Boulder, Colorado at 9 percent heavy drinkers and Austin, texas at 8.8. Then comes Charleston, South Carolina, McAllen, Texas and Naples.
Squeezed in between Cape Coral is Riverside, California, outside of Los Angeles.
And finally, at number ten, with an even eight percent heavy drinkers, is Barnstable Town, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
The C.D.C. defines heavy drinking for men as consuming an average of more than two drinks per day. For women, heavy drinking is typically defined as consuming an average of more than one drink per day.