Photos: Heaviest drinking cities in the U.S. and Colorado -- and the local place on each list

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The Centers for Disease Control recently released statistics that ranked cities by the percentage of residents who drink heavily (defined as men who have more than two drinks daily, and women who consume more than one) and binge drink (men who down more than five drinks at a sitting on occasion, and women who polish off more than four). The stats, based on data from 2011, feature five Colorado metro areas. We've broken down the numbers to show how the quintet ranks in these categories here in Colorado as well as in the U.S. as a whole.

As you'll see, one Colorado city among those included in the survey -- Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver-Aurora, Greeley and Fort Collins -- finishes high on all four lists. Continue to find out which one, as well as to get often-surprising alcohol-consumption info about dozens of cities nationwide.

Alcohol Consumption: Binge drinkers (males having five or more drinks on one occasion, females having four or more drinks on one occasion)

Colorado rankings:

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Number 5: Colorado Springs, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

15.8 percent yes, 84.3 percent no

Number 4: Greeley, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

18.6 percent yes, 81.4 percent no

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Number 3: Boulder, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

17.1 percent yes, 82.9 percent no

Number 2: Denver-Aurora, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

21.0 percent yes, 79.0 percent no

Number 1: Fort Collins-Loveland, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area

26.4 percent yes, 73.6 percent no

Continue to see the binge drinking numbers for the entire U.S., plus additional rankings.

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146 comments
Clinton Woods
Clinton Woods

if they went off of beer consumption, i bet colorado is number one there with our crazy beer culture

Raymond Ramsgate
Raymond Ramsgate

I think Pueblo people drink more, but Pueblo people just don't do polls. most of Em don't even got the Internet!

Sean Patrick Donegan
Sean Patrick Donegan

Pueblo. My Dad was a liquor distributor there for over 20 years and the numbers per capita were ridiculous.

Praveen Pepper
Praveen Pepper

Having four or more drinks is "Binge" drinking? What a joke! Most of us need four just to start a buzz.

Aaron Quinby
Aaron Quinby

Pueblo. Used to have the most bars per capita in the nation.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

I doubt The F.C. has been truly "certified organic."

Probono Eyecandy
Probono Eyecandy

I'm going to stop reading that based on "women who consume more than one drink per day are heavy drinkers."

Brian Tate
Brian Tate

go denver. we gotta catch up to Fort Collins. i'll lead the way.

Jason DrSoul Lewis
Jason DrSoul Lewis

I bet if they went by dui statistics, it would show completely diff cities.

Skyler Thimens
Skyler Thimens

Some quality distilleries popping up here as well

Katie Schmoker
Katie Schmoker

Yup. My city knows how to drink. And luckily, with our breweries, we drink the good stuff.

Katie Schmoker
Katie Schmoker

Fort Collins! That's my guess. Now I'll read the article and see.

Kristina Orlovsky
Kristina Orlovsky

Why don't you guys report on something worth while, like what's happening to US HWY 36

Matt Smith
Matt Smith

Liberal ks. There's nothing else to do.

Sean Monette
Sean Monette

Jared Fodz haha what's up put Ur city down

Rebecca Chaousis
Rebecca Chaousis

maybe i'm an alcoholic, but i don't consider 4 drinks binge drinking...

Jeff Hansen
Jeff Hansen

Laramie, WY at UW in the early 80's. :-)

Chris Coffel
Chris Coffel

Fort Collins? Please, there's a lot to do there, but the bars are plentiful and enjoyable.

Ozzie Perch
Ozzie Perch

Milwaukee...but I drank more in Boulder!

Keith A. Badje
Keith A. Badje

Originally from Columbus Nebraska. I get the being #1 on the binge drinking list. It's a reaaaaaly depessing place with a lot of seedy bars.

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