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Study: Hawaii Ranks No. 1 for #Shots

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Graphic courtesy of DrugAbuse.com.

Hawaiʻi ranks among the top states in the nation for alcohol consumption, according to a new Instagram study that analyzed over 100,000 Instagram posts nationwide mentioning the hashtag “#party.”

A team of researchers at DrugAbuse.com, an addiction treatment website, conducted the review which revealed the Aloha State ranks No. 1 nationwide for #party posts containing the hashtag “#shots” on Instagram.

Hawaiʻi placed in the top four states nationwide for social media posts mentioning “drinks,” ranking alongside Georgia, New Jersey and New York. The study also revealed that for every 77 #party mentions posted in Hawaiʻi, there were an average of 100 DUI arrests.


Hawaiʻi’s capital city of Honolulu ranked third in the top 10 party cities in the nation for mentions of #party per 10,000 people, alongside notorious party meccas like NYC and Las Vegas, according to the research. The data also concluded that nearly one in four Honolulu residents binge drink, defined as five or more alcoholic beverages for men, and four or more for women on a single occasion by DrugAbuse.com.

DrugAbuse.com conducted the social media study to find out if the U.S.’s party culture could be contributing to the estimated 88,000 deaths in the U.S. per year due to alcohol consumption, according to their website. The team of researchers looked for a relationship between substance abuse and partying by analyzing 102,000 social media posts, finding a strong correlation between mentions of #party and substance abuse. The study concluded that party culture indicates a strong trend towards alcohol use, as well as other substances.

Graphic courtesy of DrugAbuse.com.



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