Key Findings:

  • Alaska, Connecticut and New Mexico top states for booziest brunchers.
  • New Jersey, Michigan and Indiana lowest on our list of states with booziest brunchers.
  • Nationwide, 10.83% of fatal car crashes during brunch hours involved drunk drivers.
  • From 2013-2017 there were 3,901 fatal drunk driving car crashes in the brunch hours.

One of millennials’ favorite pastimes is the roll-out-of-bed-and-shake-off-a-hangover brunch. Can it even be called brunch if you didn’t have a bloody mary or mimosa? Every town in America has it’s top spots for brunch. Whether the place is known for its chicken fried steak or bottomless mimosas deal, brunch spots are always packed.

What’s drawing millennials into the brunch scene aren’t the classic breakfast foods but the breakfast cocktails. According to a Huffington Post article, 20 years ago, brunch food and alcohol would have been seen as “bizarre.” But nowadays cocktails and breakfast food are ‘“commonplace,” and restaurants are profiting greatly from it.

With the popularity of boozy brunching, inevitably, folks are getting behind the wheel after reaching the bottom of their bottomless mimosas. We here at QuoteWizard were able to find which states are the booziest brunchers by analyzing drunk driving car crash data during the brunch hours. Looking at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data, we compared drunk driving car crashes from 2013 to 2017 during brunch hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We ranked all 50 states to see which states had the highest rate of drunk driving car crashes during the brunch hours. States with the highest ranking were found to be the booziest brunching states.

Rank (booziest) State % of drunk driving crashes
1 Alaska 19.67
2 Connecticut 18.51
3 New Mexico 17.98
4 Texas 16.82
5 Rhode Island 16.07
6 Massachusetts 14.57
7 South Dakota 13.75
8 Arkansas 13.47
9 Montana 12.94
10 South Carolina 12.90
11 Maine 12.82
12 Nevada 12.80
13 Arizona 12.16
14 Mississippi 11.87
15 New Hampshire 11.84
16 Louisiana 11.33
17 California 11.32
18 Maryland 11.15
19 New York 11.10
20 Virginia 11.05
21 Oregon 10.82
22 North Carolina 10.76
23 Wisconsin 10.67
24 Colorado 10.52
25 North Dakota 10.28
26 Illinois 10.27
27 Alabama 10.26
28 Pennsylvania 9.99
29 Georgia 9.82
30 Missouri 9.71
31 Idaho 9.50
32 Kentucky 9.46
33 West Virginia 9.43
34 Hawaii 9.17
35 Washington 8.89
36 Ohio 8.82
37 Vermont 8.75
38 Utah 8.70
39 Oklahoma 8.67
40 Florida 8.51
41 Tennessee 8.47
42 Kansas 8.39
43 Minnesota 8.27
44 Nebraska 8.26
45 Wyoming 8.20
46 Iowa 8.03
47 Delaware 7.33
48 Indiana 7.29
49 Michigan 7.12
50 New Jersey 7.07

Methodology

QuoteWizard analyzed NHTSA FARS data on fatal car crashes by time of day. We looked at the total number of fatal car crashes from 2013 to 2017 that occurred during brunch hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To get rankings, we compared the total number of fatal crashes with the total number of alcohol-impaired fatal crashes to see which states had the highest rate of alcohol-impaired fatal car crashes during the brunch hours. Rankings are from 1st, highest rate of alcohol-impaired crashes, to 50th, lowest rate of alcohol-impaired crashes.