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Categorizing US State Drinking Practices and Consumption Trends
Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, 6475 Christie Avenue, Suite 400, Emeryville, CA 94608, USA
Received: 9 December 2009; Accepted: 16 January 2010 / Published: 20 January 2010
Abstract: US state alcohol consumption patterns and trends are examined in order to identify groups of states with similar drinking habits or cultures. Rates of heavy drinking and current abstention and per capita apparent consumption levels are used to categorize states. Six state groupings were identified: North Central and New England with the highest consumption and heavy drinking levels; Middle Atlantic, Pacific and South Coast with moderate drinking levels; and Dry South with the lowest drinking levels. Analyses of relationships between beer and spirits series for states within groups as compared to those in different groups failed to clearly indicate group cohesiveness.
Keywords: alcohol; regional; United States; drinking pattern
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Kerr, W.C. Categorizing US State Drinking Practices and Consumption Trends. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 269-283.
Kerr WC. Categorizing US State Drinking Practices and Consumption Trends. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(1):269-283.
Kerr, William C. 2010. "Categorizing US State Drinking Practices and Consumption Trends." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 1: 269-283.