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Fight starts early to get off drunkest counties list

You can find Door, Kewaunee, and 39 other Wisconsin counties on a dubious list this month due to their ability to tilt back a few drinks. More than half of Wisconsin’s 72 counties made the “Top 50 Drunkest Counties in the U.S.” list compiled by the website 24/7wallst.com. The site made their determination by considering a county’s adult binge drinking rate, driving deaths involving alcohol, median household income, and people reporting poor or fair health. While Outagamie County captured the top honors, Kewaunee County finished in ninth and Door County finished in 27th. The Door County Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Coalition is focused on preventing underage drinking and other behaviors before they become a part of the statistic. Door County AODA Coordinator Shauna Blackledge says it is important to have a conversation with your kids while they are young so they can make good decisions in the future.

Blackledge added the lack of public transportation is a big reason why DUI arrests and other alcohol-related arrests are at the level that they are in Door County. 

 

Data from 247WallSt.com article

27. Door County, Wisconsin
> Adults binge or heavy drinking: 27.5%
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 22.7% — 1,127th lowest of 3,081 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $61,560 — 651st highest of 3,106 counties
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 13.4% — 218th lowest of 3,106 counties

 

9. Kewaunee County, Wisconsin
> Adults binge or heavy drinking: 28.5%
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 50.0% — 140th highest of 3,081 counties (tied)
> Median household income: $66,192 — 423rd highest of 3,106 counties
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 14.6% — 431st lowest of 3,106 counties

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