D.C. has the distinction of being among the top jurisdictions where residents enjoy happy hour the most.
At least that's the conclusion from a report which referenced recent survey data by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The data lists the District as the third-booziest "state" in the country, behind the two Dakotas.
According to the report, about 30 percent of Washingtonians have admitted to binge drinking — or what "experts" consider to be binge drinking — in the past 30 days.
The report further states that nationwide, one-quarter of the D.C. residents surveyed said they had binged within the past month, and 6.8 percent had smoked pot in the past month.
Meanwhile, a study from Chicago earlier this year revealed that large concentrations of liquor stores in black neighborhoods could pose major risks to blacks who drink.
That study – which queried 321 African American women and men ages 21 to 65, in New Orleans from April 2002 through May 2003 – also found that "the influence of liquor store concentration on at-risk drinking was much greater for African American women."