The Nation's Most Dangerously Drunk Cities are Ranked
A study released by Men's Health magazine ranked the nation's "Most Dangerously Drunk" cities, with Denver topping the list, startribune.com reports.
The ranking which appears in the December issue also ranked Fargo, N.D. not too far behind Denver, as the most dangerous city in the Midwest. According the magazine, the results were based on five things. First, the annual death rates due to alcoholic liver disease. Secondly, the prevalence of downing five or more drinks in a sitting. Third was drunk driving arrests. Fourth was fatal accidents involving drunken drivers and lastly MADD's report card on state efforts to combat excessive drinking.
According to CW2.trb.com, the CW's affiliate in Colorado, the magazine sourced its data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The magazine ranked the city's from 100 to 1, with 100 being the worst. Fargo was 96th, four spots behind Denver. Other cities in the Midwest were Milwaukee (91), Madison (73), Des Moines (54), St. Paul (50), Minneapolis (34) and Sioux Falls (17).
Nationally, the city that was number one, or the least dangerous, was Durham, North Carolina. After that was Miami at number two and Buffalo, N.Y. at number three.
For this national story, I picked startribune.com, where I initially found the story, and a news outlet in Denver to compare how the two stories reported this new study. The Star Tribune report had more of a straight news approach. There were only two quotes and mostly it just contained the information that the report in Men's Health Magazine found. However, it pulled out Midwestern cities and gave their rankings specifically. There was also a little debate as to why St. Paul was higher on the report than Minneapolis. On the other hand, the Denver source was a lot more personal and contained a lot more quotes. They seemed to be quite angry with this report. Specifically the spokesman for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau who claimed that "you could statistics to say anything." Obviously they did not contain any information in their story about Midwestern cities.