Americans Consumed 6.3 Billion Gallons Of Beer Last Year - 43 Gallons Each In NH!

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | December 3, 2012 | 1:53 PM EST

The Beer Institute has released a report showing that Americans drank an estimated 6.3 billion gallons of beer last year, and New Hampshire led the nation in per capita consumption.

Even though beer consumption in the United States decreased for a third-straight year, each individual over the legal drinking age of 21 years consumed an average of 28.3 gallons of beer nationwide last year.

The report shows that some states consume more than others:

New Hampshire ranked #1 for the most per capita consumption with its estimated 977,774 citizens drinking 43 gallons each.  At the bottom of the list was Connecticut, with each citizen drinking just 21.8 gallons.

North Dakota ranked just behind New Hampshire taking the number two spot with 42.2 gallons per person.

Below is a list of the top ten beer "drinking" states on a per capita basis:

1. New Hampshire, 43 gallons

2. North Dakota, 42.2 gallons

3. Montana, 40.6 gallons

4. South Dakota, 38 gallons

5. Nevada, 36.5 gallons

6. Wisconsin, 36.2 gallons

7. Vermont, 34.7 gallons

8. Texas, 34.6 gallons

9. Nebraska, 34.6 gallons

10. Delaware, 34.3 gallons

The ten most "sober" states (for beer, at least) are as follows:

50.Connecticut, 21.8 gallons

49. New York, 22.2 gallons

48. New Jersey, 22.3 gallons

47. Maryland, 23.3 gallons

46. Kentucky, 23.9 gallons

45. Washington, 25.1 gallons

44. California, 25.4 gallons

43. Tennessee, 25.7 gallons

42. Georgia, 25.9 gallons

41. Massachusetts, 26 gallons

Based on these numbers, the "Live Free or Die" state seems to live up to its state motto, taking full advantage of its liberties.

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