Jul 4, 2015 3:12 PM

NH no longer top state for beer sales/consumption


New Hampshire has fallen to second place in terms of beer consumption, according to 24/7 Wall Street.

Drinking habits were measured in gallons shipped to distributors annually per 100,000 drinking-age adults, which would include beer that was sold in the state but may not have been consumed here.

"The state had the highest alcohol intake from wine, and by far the highest intake from spirits. This may not accurately reflect drinking habits among long-term residents, as New Hampshire's low taxes and cheap alcohol attract many Americans from other states," the web article noted.

New Hampshire sold the most beer in the nation in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the quantity increased by 7.3 percent between 2003 and 2013.

According to 24/7 Wall Street, residents sold or drank an average of 42.2 gallons of beer in 2013, second only to North Dakota. In contrast, New England residents consumed an average of 31 gallons of beer that year.

Binge drinking was roughly in line with the national average, unlike most other states drinking the most beer.

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