People in the Carolinas sure like their alcohol. Greenville, South Carolina, is the sixth biggest drinking city for women. All that alcohol could actually be why Greenville residents have some of the highest rates of diabetes in America. “Alcohol is a carbohydrate, and excess carbs put stress on your body’s metabolism and increase the risk for diabetes,” says Roach. Greensboro, North Carolina, the U.S. city with the lowest income levels, is the sixth worst city for alcohol abuse in men, and the second oldest city in America.
We already mentioned how the men in Louisville drink a lot, but women aren’t far behind – making it the seventh biggest drinking city for women. The men of Jacksonville may be knocking back too many brewskies at the Jacksonville Jaguars football games. This Florida town is the seventh worst for alcohol abuse – and the third worst city for women.
Cincinnati is the second city in Ohio to make our biggest drinking cities list. It’s number nine for alcohol abuse in both men and women. Cincy is actually a mecca for beer drinking. This Ohio town is home to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the United States. In the spring Cincinnati also hosts Bockfest, the oldest and largest bock beer festival in the country.
Rounding out our top 10 cities for alcohol abuse are Oklahoma City for women and Nashville for men. (We’re sensing a theme in Tennessee with big drinkers.) The “home of country music,” Nashville has tons of clubs and bars with loud, live country music –- which may be making people drink more. One small study found that people believe booze tastes better when listening to loud music, causing you to drink more, faster. Nashville is also on the top 10 list for social networks.