by Chet Hardin
Remember when we were voted the most-churched city in America? How pious we felt. Well, we have again been graced by Men's Health magazine with another notable (and more personally applicable) achievement: we made its list of Top 100 Drunkest Cities!
Tallying the numbers for liver disease, binge drinking (not sure how they figure that), DUI-related crashes, and DUI arrests, as well as the least-stringent DUI laws, they figured out that while Fresno, Calif., is the drunkest city, and Boston is the 100th-drunkest, we are a solid, impressive No. 16.
In your face, Denver!
Overdose on almost any medicine, and it can go from balm to bomb in an instant. A couple glasses of wine each day? Liquid fix-it for your heart. A bottle before bed? You might end up like the folks in Fresno. Our statistical sobriety checkpoint shows that the inebriated people there have one of the highest death rates from alcoholic liver disease (per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). In fact, Fresno was near the top in every measure of dangerous drinking, including the body count caused by booze-fueled car crashes (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), the number of arrests made for driving under the influence (FBI), the number of people who admit to binge drinking in the last month (CDC), and the severity of DUI penalties (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). So remember: Better to take your medicine than let it take you.