The data are adjusted for age, and the county figures reflect statistical modeling to compensate for small sample sizes in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a continuous poll by the federal Centers for Disease Control. The data have been used to create a county-level interactive map, which shows the possible ranges of percentages, reflecting the poll's error margins. The map site also includes county-level numbers for smoking, life expectancy, hypertension, obesity, physical activity and poverty. Here's a screen grab:
reports for The Washington Post. Following Wisconsin are Vermont, Montana, Washington, D.C., and Iowa. Utah has the lowest number of heavy drinkers, at 5.2 percent, followed by West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Oklahoma. The national average was 8.2 percent.
Kentucky, which has a relatively small percentage of drinkers, appeared to lead the nation in increases in drinking and binge drinking and was among the leaders in heavy drinking, based on these maps:
The national average for binge drinking is 18.3 percent, but several rural counties were nearly twice that much. Following Menominee County are: Loving County, Texas, (35.5 percent); Nance County, Nebraska, (35.2 percent); Renville County, North Dakota, (34.2 percent); Esmeralda County, Nevada, (33.8 percent); Steele County, North Dakota, (33.6 percent); Nelson County, North Dakota, (33.5 percent); Ontonagon County, Michigan, (33.3 percent); Toole County, Montana, (33.2 percent); and Burke County, North Dakota, (33 percent).