In 2004, Men's Health magazine named Denver the drunkest city in America.
In the upcoming December issue of Men's Health, Denver is again named the No. 1 drunkest city — and to put a capper on it, we're the "most dangerously drunk city."
Colorado Springs comes in as the third drunkest city. Aurora is the 19th drunkest city.
"Today, Colorado once again leads the nation in its attitude towards alcohol — but now, the mandate seems to be 'drink till you drop.'" writes Men's Health.
The magazine came up with the rankings by factoring in "annual death rates due to alcoholic liver disease, as well as who's headed there by regularly downing five or more drinks in a sitting. Next, we factored in drunk-driving arrests and the percentage of fatal accidents involving intoxicated motorists. Then, after tallying the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) report card on state efforts to cut down on excessive drinking, we had our ranking and, for the state of Colorado, a invitation to AA."
"You can make statistics say anything," says Rich Grant, spokesman for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
"I can show you statistics that say we're the thinnest city, with the most sporting goods stores per capita, and the largest bike and trail system in the country. And I'm sure there are more liquor sales per capita in Las Vegas than there are here."