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How Much Alcohol Illinois and the Midwest Drink: In Numbers < Illinois

Remember when we got all those warnings early in the pandemic that we should be careful about how much wine, beer and/or booze we poured down our throats while we were forced to lock ourselves at home?

It seems like residents in some states heeded the warning, while others thought that if people in other states cut back on their drinking, there would be more alcohol for the rest of us.

What group do you think Illinois and our Midwestern neighbors fall into?

Simple kid, that’s an IPA. (Getty Images)

Simple kid, that’s an IPA. (Getty Images)

It’s no secret that Midwesterners enjoy elbowing, but if you want to hang out with the big drinkers, you’ve got to get out of the Midwest

If that’s all you need to start planning your trip, I’d suggest tuning my navigation system to the state of…New Hampshire of all places.

According to, the “granite state” (See, I look for every presidential election when there’s an undue amount of attention focused on the New Hampshire presidential election, so I know Granite State in case you’re interested) leads the United States in alcohol consumption per capita at 4.67 gallons on.

The condition that wipes away the least amount of hooch shouldn’t be hard to guess. When you yelled “Utah,” pat yourself on the back and grab a nice, caffeine-free soft drink. People in Utah manage to put away 1.35 gallons of alcohol per capita per year.

Since we’re in Utah, we’re just having one drink. (Getty Images)

Since we’re in Utah, we’re just having one drink. (Getty Images)

This isn’t Utah, and they’re not the Osmonds. (Getty Images)

This isn’t Utah, and they’re not the Osmonds. (Getty Images)

Let’s move on to Illinois and Midwest drinking numbers

Illinois is classified 28 out of the 50 states in alcohol consumption, with the average drinking age Illinoisans consuming 2.32 gallons per year.

If you’ve ever spent more than 10 minutes north of the Cheddar Curtain in Wisconsin, it shouldn’t come as a bit of a shock to learn that Wisconsin residents easily outperform US FIBs in Illinois. Per capita, Wisconsinits consume nearly three gallons (2.93). That number is good enough to put Wisconsin 8th overall in the United States.

Obviously, our other Midwest neighbors aren’t as important as Illinois and Wisconsin, but here are their numbers and overall rankings anyway:

    • Iowa: 2.4 gallons/#24
    • Indiana: 2.15 gallons / #37
    • Michigan: 2.36 gallons/#25
    • Minnesota: 2.79 gal/#12
    • Missouri: 2.52 gallons/#21
    • Kentucky: 1.95 gallons/no. 44

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