The Lansing State Journal published an article today on nationwide alcohol abuse. It's a story about a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that cites every state's drunkest city. Lo and behold, Lansing has taken the title for Michigan.

The story cites a survey by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse that says 3 out of 5 college aged adults between the ages of 18 and 22, nationwide, drink at least on a monthly basis. Given that the Lansing-East Lansing Metro Area population is reportedly 14.2 percent college students, it makes sense that our area's numbers would be higher than other Michigan cities. The national average of enrolled college students in a city is only 7 percent.

According to the story, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse estimates that 21.9 percent of adults in the Lansing area drink excessively. What the threshold for "excessive" is is not reported.

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