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An article by The Daily Beast names Boston as "America's Drunkest City" based on drinks consumed per person per month. This is the second year running that Boston earned this title although as bad as the name and implications sound, a large portion of Boston's consumed drinks are the casual "one glass of wine" and not health endangering.
When The Daily Beast named us “America’s Drunkest City” for the second year in a row this week, we here at Boston were as interested as anyone else—which is to say, we were interested enough to share it with you and chuckle. But among the reactions we saw, there was a more emphatic, uniform glee, even a sense of pride. A BostInno writer declared herself “extremely proud,” in a rather long and entirely celebratory post. Reactions on Twitter ranged from “Good news!” to “I’ll drink to that.”
Of course, some of these joyful reactions are tinged with irony. But there are a few reasons why the rejoicing strikes us as a bit … unwarranted.