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Graphics: On Which Days of the Year Do Americans Drink the Most?

According to these stats we get drunkest in the winter time, thanks to Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patty's Day and... Valentine's Day?

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Thought most drinking takes place in the summer months? Think again! BACtrack, which calls itself “Leader of Breathalyzers,” has invented a smartphone app allowing drinkers to keep tabs on their drinking and even share statistics with others in their network. And the company recently released a report with a finding that may surprise you: Americans apparently drink way more in the winter. Based on data collected from breathalyzer results around the country, the data shows that the highest occurrence of days where users had a BAC of 0.06% or higher fall between December and March.

In a graphic based on the data (below), each day of the year is given a color. The darker the color, the higher the blood alcohol content for BACtrack users that day. The fact that Super Bowl Sunday (the heaviest drinking day in February—no big shock there!) and St. Patrick’s Day both occur in the same month may help explain why winters are drunker. Also, people of course tend to drink a lot around Christmas and New Year’s—and in colder weather in general. And on Valentine’s Day people are apparently either celebrating or drowning their sorrows; it occurs during one of the drunkest weeks of the year.



But interestingly, though people seem to imbibe more in the winter, they may be doing it more often from the comfort of their own homes. The Washington Post created a separate graphic (below), based on mentions of alcohol in the news, and found that there are more news articles citing “alcohol being a factor” during the warmer months. Makes sense.