The Relationship Between Colder States and Binge Drinking

By The Atlantic Cities

After the Centers for Disease Control's latest report on binge drinking, a post had readers wondering if the activity was tied to the cold.

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A number of commenters on my binge drinking post asked about the connection between cold temperatures and binge drinking. One wrote:

"I noticed a pattern as I look out my window on a fine January afternoon in a state that's on the high end of the binge drinking scale: It's cold, and it gets dark very early in the evening. There's not much to do here for half the year if you like to actually be outside. Drinking is a way of dealing with the depression that comes from forced inactivity. I don't think it's a coincidence that northern, non-coastal states drink heavily."

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