|Drunkest Cities in US
Milwaukee has been ranked by
Forbes.com as "America's Drunkest
City," based on information from
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
More than 70 percent of adult
Milwaukeeans reported that they
had at least one alcoholic drink
within the past 30 days. That
compares with 45 percent in
Nashville, Tenn., which ranked last
among the 35 cities on the list. To
do the study, Forbes ranked each
city in five areas: state laws, number
of drinkers, number of heavy
drinkers, number of binge drinkers
Coming in second on the Forbes list
is another cold metropolitan area:
Minneapolis-St. Paul. The twin cities
ranked No. 2 for adults who
reported having had a drink in the
last month, No. 3 for binge drinkers
and No. 12 for heavy drinkers,
according to Forbes.
Completing the list of the top five
drunkest cities are Columbus, Ohio;
Boston; and Austin, Texas.
Forbes pointed out some surprising
results. Some stereotypically
"partying" cities didn't rank high on
the list. Las Vegas came in at only
No. 14; New Orleans, home to
Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras, only
ranked in 24th place. And a town
known for spring-break revelers,
Miami, was only No. 33
|Beer Prices Bring Profit
What a difference a year has made in the U.S. beer industry. Last summer, a price war
among the major brewers devastated profits, which led to declines in the companies’
shares. This summer, price increases that were implemented early in the year are
holding — even in the heat of summer — and boosting company results.
At Anheuser-Busch, profits were up 7.4 percent in the second quarter, in part because
of higher prices that have offset some rises in commodity prices such as aluminum.
Anheuser-Busch stock hit a 52-week high of $48.81 on July 27. Last year, the St.
Louis brewer’s profits were down almost 10 percent in the second quarter and 24
percent in the third quarter.
During the two weeks surrounding July 4, the average price per volume in
supermarkets was up 2.4 percent for Anheuser-Busch, 2.9 percent for Molson Coors
and 1.5 percent for SABMiller PLC’s Miller Brewing Co., all compared with a year ago.