Booziest Counties In Arizona

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Residing in the rural areas of Arizona, especially in the Grand Canyon State, can foster a Wild West mentality that comes with both advantages and disadvantages. Regrettably, one of the downsides is the prevalence of alcohol abuse in these regions, with counties like Greenlee, Coconino, and Graham having the highest rates of excessive drinking in the state.

Yengols.com analyzed the percentage of adults in each county of Arizona who reported binge or heavy drinking using the 2024 annual data from CountyHealthRankings.org.

According to the CDC, binge drinking is defined as consuming 4 or more drinks in one sitting for females and 5 or more drinks for males. Heavy drinking is classified as consuming 8 or more drinks per week for females and 15 or more drinks per week for males.

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Top 10 Most Alcoholic Counties in Arizona

Overall Rank

County

Percentage of individuals who consume alcohol in excess

1

Greenlee County

20.36% 

2

Coconino County 

20.22%

3

Graham County 

18.61% 

4

Maricopa County

18.12% 

5

Yuma County

17.91% 

6

Pinal County

17.86% 

7

Pima County 

17.74% 

8

Cochise County

17.58%

9

Santa Cruz County

17.57% 

10

Gila County

17.45% 

Which counties in Arizona consume the highest amount of alcohol?

Rural counties such as Greenlee (20.36%), Coconino (20.22%), and Graham (18.61%) have the highest percentage of excessive drinkers, and are situated far from major population centers like Phoenix and Tucson.

In Arizona, the Phoenix metropolitan area in Maricopa County had the largest population percentage at 18.12%. Other counties with high population percentages included Yuma, Pinal, Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Gila, with Gila County rounding out the top 10 at 17.45%.

Maricopa and Pima counties, known as “urban” areas, were the only counties to rank highly for excessive drinkers. These counties are where two of Arizona’s public universities, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, are located.

Northern Arizona University is the second public college in the state, situated in Coconino County. This has the potential to boost the county’s overall college attendance rate. The lower percentage of residents attending college could be due to the sparse population and lack of recreational options in rural parts of the state.

Barbara Gauntt from USA Today took the photo.

Author

Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, with more than seven years of experience in sports and sports betting in Arizona, is now the lead writer for yengols.com. He has also worked for ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News.

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