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Which States Have The Most Responsible Drinkers?

You might think that states with the heaviest drinking rates also have the highest rates of fatal car accidents. But, that's not the case.

Posted on June 20, 2013, at 2:47 p.m. ET

This matrix illustrates how responsible residents of each state are in terms of drinking. More responsible states are those whose drinkers consume more alcohol and are involved in fewer alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Less responsible states are those whose drinkers consume less alcohol yet are involved in more alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

This matrix illustrates how responsible residents of each state are in terms of drinking. More responsible states are those whose drinkers consume more alcohol and are involved in fewer alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Less responsible states are those whose drinkers consume less alcohol yet are involved in more alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

This map provides a measure of responsibility: the amount of alcohol consumption related to the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Responsibility is presented as a function of color: Light purple represents less responsible states, while dark purple represents more responsible states.

This map provides a measure of responsibility: the amount of alcohol consumption related to the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities. Responsibility is presented as a function of color: Light purple represents less responsible states, while dark purple represents more responsible states.

The Five Least Responsible States

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More residents died and less residents got drunk. These states had the lowest ratios of alcohol consumption per capita per year to the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities per licensed driver.

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The Five Most Responsible States

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More residents got drunk and less residents died. These states had the highest ratios of alcohol consumption per capita per year to the number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities per licensed driver.

Drink to that, New Hampshire.

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A little more responsibly, though.

Data was obtained from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration, as well as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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