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Milwaukee Is Named ‘Drunkest City’

August 24, 2006

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Milwaukee has been ranked by Forbes.com as ``America’s Drunkest City″ on a list of 35 major metropolitan areas ranked for their drinking habits.

Forbes said Tuesday it used numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rank cities in five areas: state laws, number of drinkers, number of heavy drinkers, number of binge drinkers and alcoholism.

Minneapolis-St. Paul was ranked second overall; followed by Columbus, Ohio; Boston; Austin, Texas; Chicago; Cleveland; Pittsburgh and then Philadelphia and Providence, R.I., in a tie for ninth.

Rick DeMeyer, 28, said Wednesday as he was celebrating his birthday at G-Daddy’s BBC he could understand Milwaukee’s ranking.

``I have had people stay with me from London and Chicago, and they can’t get over how much we drink,″ he said. ``I guess we do.″

But officials at Visit Milwaukee, the area’s convention and visitors bureau, contend that the city has come a long way in ridding itself of its beer-guzzling image.

Milwaukeeans have plenty of other ways to entertain themselves without drinking alcohol, said Dave Fantle, a spokesman for the group. He noted a new convention center and baseball park had been built and the Milwaukee Art Museum expanded in recent years.

``We’ve gone from Brew City to new city,″ he said.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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