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Arizona City Recognized For Having The "Drunkest" Residents In The State
By Sherah Janay Ndjongo,
Excessive alcohol consumption ranks as the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States, a sobering fact highlighted by research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Their data reveals that alcohol played a role in more than 140,000 fatalities annually between 2015 and 2019, translating to over 380 lives lost each day. Tragically, those succumbing to the consequences of excessive drinking do so, on average, 26 years prematurely.
The consequences of sustained and excessive alcohol intake extend far beyond the immediate effects, often leading to chronic conditions and long-term health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease and certain cancers.
For instance, in Arizona, the "drunkest city" is Flagstaff, where 20.5% of adults binge drink or drink heavily. Driving deaths involving alcohol falls at around 22.7% compared to Arizona as a whole at 22.3%. The median household income in Flagstaff is $59,000, while the statewide average household income is $61,529. The metro area population is 142,254.