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People In This State Drink the Most Beer, New Data Suggests

A new national survey offers an eye into how many pints the average resident can drink before feeling a thing.

Depending on where you live, you may be in good company if you've ever bashfully nudged a server to please clear the empties from your table! That's according to a research company that's analyzed the self-reported beer tolerance levels of residents within each state.

Upgraded Points asked 2,000 people across the country to share how many half-liter bottles of domestic beer they can drink before they start to feel the effects of alcohol. The national average was 3.49 beers, totaling about $431 per year, or $25,000 spent on beer over the average American lifetime!

Keep reading to see which states say they throw back the most… followed by which appear more likely to pace themselves. Also, don't miss The Best & Worst Beer in America—Ranked!


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Maybe it's not so cliché to say everything's bigger in Texas. The Lonestar State ranked first on the list, with the Texan contingent of survey responders reporting they can drink 5.17 half-liter beers before feeling a little tipsy. That was 48.2% more beer than the rest of America, according to this survey.

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Virginia is for lovers… and evidently, also for beer lovers. Virginians who participated in the survey reported drinking an average of 5.12 beers before feeling a little woozy!

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New York

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According to this survey, the town-and-country crowd throughout New York State takes an average of 5.07 beers to get that boozy feeling, which was 45% more than the national average. Upgraded Points' data suggests that New Yorkers also spend the most per beer, totaling $830 per year—almost twice the national average cost!

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Here are the states where residents drink the fewest beers before feeling intoxicated…


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Ranking third from last was Indiana state, where residents report being able to drink an average of 2.33 beers before feeling drunk. That was 33% less than the national average.

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Denver, the capital of Colorado, was recently ranked among the top 10 best U.S. cities to drink beer. However, the balanced Colorado lifestyle might level that out, as indicated in this survey: Coloradans reported an average of 2.11 domestic beers to get buzzed.

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Maybe it's all that fresh air that made the average Oregonian report that just 1.92 beers make them feel intoxicated. (Interesting, considering Portland is the city with the most breweries in America, according to the ranking of the top 10 best U.S. cities to drink beer).

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more about Krissy
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