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A South Jersey shore town has been named the state’s drunkest city.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify which metropolitan areas reported “the highest levels of binge and heavy drinking in each state,” according to the report published on USA Today's website Tuesday.

24/7 Wall St. determined Ocean City to be the drunkest city in the state.

About 18.3 percent of adults in the Ocean City metropolitan area drink heavily, which is larger than the 17.6 percent of adults who drink heavily across the state, according to the report.

“While the populations in cities that report the largest shares of adults who drink to excess tend to be wealthy and well educated, the typical household in Ocean City earns $62,548 a year and 31.5% of adults have a bachelor’s degree, each lower than the corresponding state figures,” the report said.

The CDC considers binge and heavy drinking excessive alcohol use.

It defines binge drinking for women as drinking four or more drinks within two to three hours and five or more drinks in that same span for men.

Heavy drinking is defined for women as eight or more drinks a week. It is defined as 15 drinks or more a week for men, according to the CDC.

If you or someone you know drinks excessively, the following resources are available:

  • Atlantic County Substance Abuse Coordinator Robert Widitz, Dept. of Human Services Division of Public Health, located at 201 South Shore Road in Northfield, 609-645-5932,
  • Cape May County Director Patricia Devaney, Dept. of Human Services, located at 4 Moore Road – DN907, Cape May Court House, 609-465-1055,
  • Cumberland County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Director Janine Fabrizio, Dept. of Human Services, 70 W. Broad Street, Bridgeton, 856-391-1638,
  • Ocean County Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Services Director Kimberly Reilly, Dept. of Health, located at 175 Sunset Avenue, Toms River, 732-341-9700 ext. 7536,



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