The article then lists every state in the United States in descending order from the least “drunkest” state to the most “drunkest” state. The criteria used to determine the ranking of each of the “drunkest” states is the percentage of adults drinking “excessively” (information provided to the CDC and then reviewed by the writer of the USA Today article). Nationwide, as the article explains, 18.0% of American adults drink an excessive amount of alcohol.
According to the rankings, the least “drunkest” State in the United States is Tennessee where only 11.2% of the adults drink alcohol to an excess while North Dakota tops the list with 24.7% of the adults drinking alcohol to an excess. Obviously, the article demonstrates that excessive alcohol drinking remains a major problem in the United States. The article does not address driving under the influence/driving while impaired (DUI) cases, but obviously, one should not drink to excess and then attempt to drive. If you or anyone you know has an alcohol consumption problem, please seek help before hurting yourself, or others.
About the Author: Steven Oberman has been licensed in Tennessee since 1980, and successfully defended over 2,500 DUI defendants. Among the many honors bestowed upon him, Steve served as Dean of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) and currently serves as chair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI Committee. Steve was the first lawyer in Tennessee to be Board Certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the NCDD.
He is the author of DUI: The Crime & Consequences in Tennessee, updated annually since 1991 (Thomson-West), and co-author with Lawrence Taylor of the national treatise, Drunk Driving Defense, 8th edition (Wolters Kluwer/Aspen). Steve has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee Law School since 1993 and has received a number of prestigious awards for his faculty contributions. He is a popular international speaker, having spoken at legal seminars in over 30 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries.
The author would like to thank his law partner, Arrin “AZ” Zadeh, for his contributions to this article.
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