Drunk And Happy

This survey came out on St. Patrick’s Day.  Rather than pass it along then — there was enough celebrating going on already — I thought I’d sit on it until an appropriate moment a slow news day.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the Bridgeport-Stamford area has the 7th highest rate of binge drinking in the country.

While a 2009 survey showed that 15% of American adults binge drink — meaning 5 or more drinks at a time on one or more occasions in the previous 30 days for men, 4 or more for women — the average for our soused slice of Fairfield County is 21.5%.

This person is drunk. So he probably lives around here.

The binge drinking capital of the US is, of course, Hilo, Hawaii.  Second place is taken by nearby (probably) Kapaa, Hawaii.

Then come the stumbling citizens of Fargo, North Dakota; Butte-Silver Bow, Montana and Bozeman, Montana, followed by Milwaukee.

I understand #6 — a beer company boasted that it “made Milwaukee famous” — and I understand why people in places like Fargo drink to excess.  You would too if you had to listen to that accent all day.

But Hawaii?  When I hear “The Aloha State,” binge drinking is not the first image that pops into mind.

And Bridgeport-Fairfield-Westport-Norwalk-Darien-Stamford?  Don’t we have better things to do, like tearing down homes and ignoring stop signs and rebuilding cities and playing golf and figuring out how very wealthy and very poor people can live next to each other without ever interacting?  Who has time to drink?

(And remember, the CDC surveyed adults, not teenagers — the true binge drinking champs.)

But wait!

Hot on the heels of this we-really-need-a-Valium news comes another survey.  Also around St. Paddy’s Day, Gallup released its list of the U.S. cities that rate highest for overall well-being.  In other words, happy places.

Based on interviews with over 350,000 Americans — who answered questions about physical and emotional health, lifestyles and work — Gallup determined that the Bridgeport-Stamford region is the 9th happiest in the country!

These people are both drunk and happy. So they must be from the Bridgeport-Stamford metropolitan area, right?

Boulder, Colorado was 1st — no argument there — followed by a grab-bag of places:  Lincoln, Nebraska; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado; Provo-Orem, Utah; Honolulu; Madison, Wisconsin (they must have missed all the pissed-off people in the Capitol building); Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Gainesville, Florida.

So there you have it.  Westporters — along with Bridgeporters, Norwalkers, Stamforders and Fairfieldites — are among the most drunken yet happiest Americans of all.

We’ll drink to that.    😉

6 responses to “Drunk And Happy

  1. Excellent post! (And funny!) I wondered about all the binge drinking here. Thanks for keeping us so well-informed.

  2. WOW! something to be proud of. NOT!!!!!!!

  3. The Dude Abides

    Take a stroll down to Fairfield Beach on Saturday night and you will see some real binge drinking. Matter of fact, if you live on the beach, you can have a bird’s eye view of “bingers” having sex, throwing up and/or getting in fights each weekend. It is the beauty of binging really. It is why I quit drinking 23 years ago.

  4. Was there a survey on obesity too?

    From my perspective it seens that fat, drunk and happy is a pretty good way to live for many Wrstporters.

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  6. I knew there was a reason I moved here and love it! Boston was full of bingers but they weren’t as happy!! Hilarious article.