I suppose it's part and parcel of being the craft beer king, but GR may have a little drinking problem.

According to this report released by the web site CarInsurance101.com, Grand Rapids ranks fifth among similar sized cities for rates of binge drinking.

The Centers for Disease Control defines binge drinking as consuming five drinks or more in a two hour period if you're a man, four or more if you're a woman.

The report shows a rise overall in the rate of binge drinking nationally:

Binge drinking is most common among the educated, affluent, and middle-aged, with whites having a higher likelihood of drinking than either Hispanics or blacks. Cities with higher proportions of these demographic groups are more likely to report higher rates of binge drinking.

The recent growth in female binge drinking is a trend experts attribute to the normalization of heavy drinking for females, with targeted advertising and products such as the “Mad Housewife Mommy’s Little Helper,” “Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka,” and “Jane Walker.” Female binge drinking is especially troubling in light of new studies which show that a single daily drink for females lowers life expectancy and increases the risk of brain atrophy and liver damage.

Green Bay topped the Small City rate of binge drinking, while Madison led the Midsize City list, meaning Wisconsin continues to pound alcohol at a rapid rate. Ann Arbor, with a higher binge rate than GR, was fourth in the small city survey.

Washington DC topped the Large City list, followed by Denver, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Boston, reinforcing the idea that the colder the average temperature of a city, the more they drink, except Washington, which has to deal with sharply divided politics, which will also drive people to drink.

According to CarInsurance.com, the methodology for the survey was determined by:

Data on the proportion of all individuals, males, and females above 18 years who binge drink, as well as data on those who report being in good physical and mental health comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey. Data regarding age, education, race, work sector, and income were gathered from the U.S. Census’s 2018 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.

Not only does excessive alcohol consumption cause thousands of premature deaths, but it also costs the nation more than $249 billion annually in lost productivity, healthcare costs, and criminal justice costs, according to a study by the CDC. This amounts to almost $2 in additional costs for each alcoholic drink, which are borne by society.