Nation: Down the Hatch

Whatever it is that makes people drink, it makes them drink more in the capital of the U.S. According to a survey put together by the Center of Alcohol Studies at New Jersey's Rutgers University, the average adult resident of Washington gulped, sipped or chugalugged 8.77 gallons of hard liquor last year. No state even came close to that record. The 1962 rankings by state of gallons* drunk per adult (defined as 15 years and over):

Nevada 5.75 Oregon 1.73

Alaska 3.54 South Dakota 1.71

New Hampshire 3.53 Michigan 1.68


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