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New England is home to the nation’s heaviest drinkers, where Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut also come in at drinking rates above 60 percent.
“Mission Accomplished. Got everything done. Now I get to binge drink through New Year’s.”
Twitter user “Comfortably Smug” tidily sums up the holiday sentiments of many of us as we wrap up 2016’s loose ends before checking out until the new year.
While we don’t recommend that you “binge drink through New Year’s,” there’s no doubt that the holidays have traditionally been a time for boozing it up. For instance, considering the total monthly alcohol sales in the United States, you may detect a seasonal trend — the spikes in December of each year.
We’re not just buying booze during the holidays, of course — we’re guzzling it down, too. Various direct and indirect measures of alcohol consumption, including breathalyzer data, Web searches for hangover relief and alcohol-related traffic deaths all suggest that peak American drinking happens between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.