To identify the states drinking the most beer, 24/7 Tempo reviewed beer consumption data per capita in 2015 through 2019 provided by Beer Marketer’s Insights, a brewing industry trade publisher. States are ranked on consumption figures in gallons per adult — people 18 and over — in each state for 2019. Consumption is based on shipment volumes to each state.
Alcohol-related driving fatalities came from 2020 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program. Data on adults reporting excessive drinking of any form of alcohol, not just beer, also came from the CHR. Information on beer tax came from the Tax Foundation, a think tank that tracks U.S. tax policies.