Friday, December 30, 2011

KC (sadly? happily?) not among America's Drunkest Cities

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Samuel Adams -- its Bostonian for drunk.
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  • Samuel Adams — it's Bostonian for drunk.
'Tis the season to rank American cities based on a population's ability to cook, on the percentage of overweight citizens and on the talent for knocking them back. I want to let you down gently, Kansas City. We didn't make The Daily Beast's list of the top 25 drunkest cities in America.

One Missouri town did make the top 10, with St. Louis chugging its way to eighth on the list (up from 24th in the 2010 rankings). While tailgaters and the early morning crowd at the Zoo Bar might disagree (as did Men's Health, naming Kansas City the 36th drunkest city earlier this year), this is a collection of cities that we don't really want to be keeping company with, based on the stats used to determine which city is the lush uncle of municipalities.

According to The Daily Beast, the list was compiled using a combination of consumption and the percentage of binge or heavy drinkers in the metro. This year, Boston was named America's drunkest city, edging out last year's boozy population center: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (which took the bronze in 2011).

Eater points out the response of Boston Mayor Tom Menino to find out his city's new title — it is very much worth a minute and five seconds of your time.

"I don't believe we're the drunkest city in America. We're probably the most intelligent city in America," Menino jokes in the video.

And Bostonians probably drive better when they drink.

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