One of the stereotypes of New Jersey is that we all like to party (thank you, Jersey Shore) -- or at least have a good time.

Morning, noon, and night, we all seem to be hanging out with friends, and as is usually the case, an alcoholic beverage is in hand.

Or two. Or more.

But is that an accurate picture?

Editors at recently compiled a list of the drunkest states in America by looking at how many people reported binge or heavy drinking, as defined as,

Four or more drinks on a single occasion for women and five or more for men. Excessive drinking also includes heavy drinking, which is defined as eight or more drinks per week for women and 15 or more for men.

As it turns out, New Jersey is not a big alcohol-consuming state.

We're not even in the top 25.


The top 5 drunkest states

  1. Wisconsin
  2. North Dakota
  3. Iowa
  4. Nebraska
  5. Minnesota

So where does New Jersey rank?


Research indicates that about 18% of adults in the Garden State drink excessively.

While that seems like a lot (and it is), over 24% of the population in Wisconsin is hittin' a bottle pretty regularly. That's about one out of every four residents in the Badger State.

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Drunkest cities in New Jersey

Taking a deeper dive into New Jersey, here's a sampling of the drunkest cities in the state, as determined by

They used factors like the number of bars, wineries, and liquor stores per capita and even took divorce rates into consideration.

Worth noting: if you automatically thought places like New Brunswick would be on this list because of Rutgers or Glassboro would be here because of Rowan University, you would be incorrect.

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For the complete list of the drunkest cities in New Jersey, visit

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