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Montana ranked 4th drunkest state in the country

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BOZEMAN- A report from 24/7 Wall Street ranked Montana as the 4th drunkest state in the country.

The study surveyed the percentage of women and men over 18 that reported excessively drinking in each state.

North Dakota ranked first on the list, followed by Wisconsin, Alaska and then Montana. Missoula residents had the highest excessive drinking rates within the state.

Prevention Specialist Edward Sypinski from Alcohol & Drug Services of Gallatin County says that it tragic that there is such a dependence on alcohol in Montana. He says that the entire state needs to band together in order to address alcohol abuse.

“That it is a community-wide effort that needs to be taking place. We need to look at how this affecting our community. It is not just an individual problem it is a community-wide problem,” said Sypinkski

Excessive drinking includes binge drinking and heavy drinking. Binge drinking is defined as having more than four drinks in a single setting for women, and more than five for men.

States with higher excessive drinking rates are at risk for automobile accidents involving alcohol. In fact, 46.3% of all roadway fatalities in Montana are due to alcohol consumption according to 24/7 Wall Street.

Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital Nurse Practitioner Keven Comer tells her patients to stay away from heavy drinking to keep healthy.

"For my patients, I usually tell them that for a woman you should have less than one drink a day or a maximum of seven drinks in a week or no more than two drinks in a setting. For men, it's fourteen drinks in a week or it's two drinks in a setting and no more than three drinks at a time," said Comer.

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