Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 | 1:43 p.m.
Cheers, Las Vegans. Despite what you see on the Strip, there are 35 locations ahead of Las Vegas on a list released this week of the country's "drunkest cities."
Las Vegas checks in at No. 36 on The Daily Beast's list. The website says data were gathered for more than 200 metro areas, with The Daily Beast ranking the 40 drunkest cities.
The website used three metrics to compile the list: average number of alcoholic drinks consumed, per person, per month; the percentage of adults who are heavy drinkers and binge drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; and the number of deaths in each city attributed to alcoholic liver disease.
According to The Daily Beast, 17.8 percent Las Vegas’ population are binge drinkers. The city averages 10.32 drinks per person, per month, and had 3.5 people per 100,000 residents die from alcoholic liver disease last year.
Reno, which ranked fifth on the list, averaged 12.13 drinks per person, per month, had an 8.6 percent rate of binge drinkers and had 11.9 deaths per 100,000 residents from alcoholic liver disease.
The drunkest cities, ahead of Reno, were Milwaukee.; Fargo, N.D.; San Francisco and Austin, Texas.