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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(1), 269-283;

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
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Research on Alcohol: Public Health Perspectives)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: alcohol; regional; United States; drinking pattern 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.

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