2019 is almost here, and millions of people across the country will ring in the New Year with a drink…or two…or ten. New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest holidays for drinking alcohol, and as a result, New Year’s Day has a lot of people fighting a brutal hangover.

We decided to find out which states in America are most likely to drink a little too much this New Year’s Eve, using data from Google Trends and the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings report to calculate our 2019 New Year’s Day Hangover Ratings.

Here are the rankings from most likely to least likely to be hungover this New Year’s:

  1. Nevada
  2. North Dakota
  3. Wisconsin
  4. New York
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Nebraska
  7. Washington
  8. Michigan
  9. Wyoming
  10. California
  11. South Dakota
  12. Colorado
  13. Iowa
  14. Hawaii
  15. Missouri
  16. Pennsylvania
  17. Minnesota
  18. Illinois
  19. Louisiana
  20. Alaska
  21. New Jersey
  22. Delaware
  23. Ohio
  24. New Hampshire
  25. Texas
  26. Kentucky
  27. Maryland
  28. New Mexico
  29. Tennessee
  30. Arizona
  31. Florida
  32. Maine
  33. Virginia
  34. North Carolina
  35. Georgia
  36. Idaho
  37. Alabama
  38. Mississippi
  39. Montana
  40. Oregon
  41. Rhode Island
  42. Arkansas
  43. Connecticut
  44. Kansas
  45. Oklahoma
  46. South Carolina
  47. Indiana
  48. Vermont
  49. Utah
  50. West Virginia


Key Findings

People in Nevada are likeliest to be fighting a nasty hangover on New Year’s Day

This shouldn’t come as a major surprise as Las Vegas is one of the world’s best party cities and a great place to overindulge on booze on New Year’s Eve. Good thing Vegas has mobile hangover treatment busses on hand to lend a hand.

New York is home to one of the world’s top NYE celebrations, meaning a lot of people there will kick off 2019 with a major hangover

People from all over the world flock to New York City for its huge New Year’s Eve celebrations, which explains why New York state earned the 4th spot on this list. Fortunately for New Yorkers, the data shows that during the rest of the year, the state is average when it comes to the percentage of the population that drinks excessively, with 21 states having more severe alcohol issues.

North Dakota and Wisconsin have the highest percentage of adults who drink heavily at any time of year

It might be surprising to see these states toward the top of the list of places most likely to be hungover on New Year’s Day, but unfortunately, numerous data sources, including the previously mentioned report from the United Health Foundation as well as CDC data, indicate North Dakota and Wisconsin have a significantly higher percentage of adults who binge drink than other states. Not surprisingly, these states also have very high incidences of alcohol-related driving deaths, so please be careful if you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve there.

More people search Google for hangover cures on January 1st than any other day of the year

hangover searches google

A portion of our analysis involved using Google Trends data to determine which states were most often searching for various relevant terms around curing a hangover. Not surprisingly, Google gets flooded with people searching for information on remedying their hangover on January 1st every year.


Ways to Prevent a Hangover

If you’re reading this and are planning on partying hard this New Year’s Eve, we have a few quick tips to help you prevent a hangover.

  • Drink plenty of filtered water throughout the night. Alcohol makes you dehydrated, so drinking plenty of water is essential for reducing the symptoms of dehydration and a hangover. Ideally, you’d have a cup of water for every alcoholic beverage you have. And while you’re at it, leave a glass of water handy on your nightstand to help you stay hydrated when you wake up.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Both before and after a hard night of drinking, it’s important to get plenty of sleep to build up your body’s immunity and to aid in recovery.
  • Don’t smoke. Studies have found that smoking when drinking heavily can significantly increase the risk and intensity of a hangover.
  • Pace yourself. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t pound drinks too quickly and overdo it. The average person can typically process about one drink per hour, so keep that in mind during your celebration.

Happy holidays and Happy New Year to you all! Ring in the New Year safely and hopefully without a hangover.

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