Washoe County Tops In Rate Of Heavy Drinkers

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A new report says Washoe County tops the nation when it comes to heavy drinkers.

The behavioral risk factor ranking by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 9.4 percent of Reno-area residents reported to be heavy drinkers. The CDC classifies a heavy drinker as a man who has more than two alcoholic drinks a day. For women, it's more than one per day.

The federal report covers major U.S. metropolitan areas and is based on telephone questionnaires.

Palm Bay, Fla., with 9.1 percent, was ranked second, followed by Boulder, Colo., and Austin, Texas.

Provo-Orem, Utah, was the most sober city with a 0.6 percent score for heavy drinking.

Washoe County, Clark County and Nevada as a whole also scored high in percentages of binge drinking, obesity and smoking, the report said.

Alicia Hansen, a health statistician who coordinates the Nevada survey, said the state has provided data to the CDC since 1992. She
said about 4,000 households participate through a random system and
the survey is balanced among Washoe and Clark counties and the rest
of the state.

"It's a fairly common outcome that Nevada ranks high in risky behaviors," she said.

Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

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