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And The Most Hangover City Is…


The New Year’s Eve is behind us and for many among us, January 1 comes with a bit of a hangover (or more of a hangover, depending on how hard we partied). It is safe to say that January 1 is the most hungover day of the year, apart from perhaps the day after St. Patrick’s Day.

However, did you know that cities can also be more or less hungover?

Well, they can, at least according to The Business Insider. Namely, they have come up with a thing called Business Insider Hangover Score which ranks different cities in the United States based on very comprehensive criteria.

For example, they took a long, hard look at the most recent information on binge drinking in the country published by Center for Disease Control. They also factored in the Census’ Bureau’s County Business Patterns statistics on bars and liquor stores per capita from 2011. In addition to this, they included the number of breweries per capita in different states to their algorithm, with statistics coming from the Brewer’s Association.

You will probably not be very surprised to find Boston on the list, while the number of Midwestern states being more than well-represented. For instance, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota all feature multiple cities on the list, more precisely in the top 25.

The winner (or the loser, depending on how you view it)? The home of Dunder Mifflin from The Office – Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Scranton features 27 bars per 100,000 people, 18 liquor/wine/beer stores and more than 20% of the residents admitting that they have been known to binge drink, meaning 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more drinks for women, in a single sitting.

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