The five US states that like to drink the most

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New research has revealed where to find the biggest drinkers in the USA.

The study, carried out by gambling website PlayUSA, looks into the number of times Americans have used the internet to search for places to drink alcohol in their state over the past month, taking in a total of 823 million search entries on websites such as Google and Yahoo.

The data takes into account both the number of overall searches, but also the total population of individual states, offering a new perspective on the nation’s drinking habits and go-to destinations for a night out.

Despite ranking as the state with the most searches, notorious tourist hotspot California’s larger population means that, proportionately, locals are not more inclined to head out to a bar. California ranked in 10th place for drinking searches, behind Maryland and New Jersey.

#5: MINNESOTA
The ultimate in ‘happy drunks’, 2.48% of Minnesotans fall into this drinking category. Just over 136,000 people have searched for drinking spots in Minnesota online in recent months.

#4: MASSACHUSETTS
2.57% of Massachusetts residents like to get drunk at the weekends and evenings, according to search data.

#3: OREGON
Oregon ranks as the USA’s third thirstiest state, with residents researching nights out at least 115,800 times each month.

#2: COLORADO
Colorado staggers in second place, with 3.16% of inhabitants googling for alcohol, equating to just over 175,000 searches.

#1: NEW YORK
Somewhat unsurprisingly, New Yorkers top the list, racking up over half a million drinking-related searches in just one month.