Kentucky (FOX 56) — How many are up to the task of taking on the dry January challenge?

Researchers at Pricelisto, a price-tracking website crunched the numbers and compiled a list ranking all of the states in the U.S. most and least likely to conquer dry January.

Pricelisto looked at the following categories: alcohol consumption, cost of excessive alcohol consumption, and percentage of binge drinking per state, and Kentucky cracked the top five states most likely to achieve a dry January.

The top 10 overall states most up to the challenge are:

  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Oklahoma
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi

Utah ranked as the state with the least amount of alcohol consumed as well as the state that spends the least on excessive alcohol consumption. Kentucky had the sixth-lowest amount of binge drinkers in the U.S.

The five states least up to the challenge are:

  • Montana
  • Alaska
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
  • Vermont

Montana has the third-worst binge drinking rate and fifth-highest alcohol consumption in the U.S. while Alaska has the highest cost of excessive alcohol use in the country.


A Pricelisto spokesperson said: January is a month filled with change and for many people, that means cutting back on alcohol. Some people prefer to cut back entirely and so the month is now termed ‘Dry January’.

“We can see from the data that there are large disparities across the US states when it comes to alcohol spend and consumption. It is interesting however that some of the states most likely to fail Dry January are some of the least populous in the US, such as Wyoming and Vermont.

“There are many complex socio-economic factors that could affect the numbers shown in this data, and although there are some stark differences in alcohol consumption and spending across the states, adherence to Dry January is completely individual.”