Last week we gave you the 2011 rankings for the city of Boston and unfortunately we spoke too soon. Yesterday, The Daily Beast came out with its ranking for the drunkest cities in America for 2011 and guess who topped that list – good ol’ Boston. Oh and last year Boston ranked number 8, so we made some big alcoholic moves in 2011, cheers.

To compile the list of the drunkest cities in America, The Daily Beast first analyzed data from Experian Simmons, a leading market-research firm, which provided data on the average number of alcoholic drinks per month the residents of more than 200 cities across the country reported to have consumed in a survey from earlier this year. They also took into consideration the number binge drinkers or heavy drinkers for each metro area, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control. The average number of drinks was given twice the weight of the heavy- and binge-drinking population for the final rank.

Here are the stats that Daily Beast has on Boston.

  • Population over age 21: 4,750,296
  • Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person: 15.5 (Little low, sorry Mom)
  • Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:7.4%
  • Percent of population that are binge drinkers:20.1%

Before you go clicking through, I’ll tell you that Houston came in dead last, our friends in Providence came in 21st, Vegas came in at only 14 (odd?), Burlington Vermont came in at 11, and scenic Springfield Mass came in at number two. Well done Massachusetts.

I have to add that while recommending that everyone have an afternoon whiskey in the mornings links this AM, I had no prior knowledge of this ranking.

Drink up Boston. And it looks like you can get that image on a t-shirt, check it out.