24/7 Wall St.
has analyzed the prevalence of the major vices
by state. These include gambling, drinking, use of tobacco, drugs, and the number of people who subscribe to pornographic websites.
Data used for the 24/7 Wall St. analysis came from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Gaming Association, and a Harvard Business School professor’s analysis of pornography use.
Some of the definitions in this analysis are technical, and may be confusing for those unfamiliar with them. For instance, whether a citizen is defined as a heavy drinker depends on their gender. In the case of men, it is those who report an average consumption of more than two drinks each day. In the case of women, the minimum is an average of more than one. These numbers are probably understated, as many do not like to admit to being problem drinkers. Binge drinkers are either men who on at least two nights in the last 30 day have consumed five or more drinks, or women who have consumed at least four. Compared to heavy drinking, binge drinking is much more common, done by as many as 15 percent of the adults in some states. Regarding gambling, this analysis does not take into account lottery collections at the state level or other forms of gambling such as off-track betting.
24/7 Wall St. took the prevalence of major vices in the fifty states. These were then averaged and weighted evenly in order to select the states with the highest and lowest prevalence of vice.
Is your state among the most guilty? Read on to find out.
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