Alcohol Mentions on Twitter

Did you know more people consume alcohol than any other substance? This includes illicit drugs, tobacco,
and marijuana consumption. Alcohol plays an important role in the social interactions of most cultures. Recently, due to our nationwide quarantine, many of us have found ourselves drinking more frequently, and often alone. According to the CDC, approximately 6 people die every day from alcohol poisoning. Alcoholism is found more often in men than women, and white middle-aged adults are the most likely to die of alcohol poisoning.


Studies have shown that stress relief is a side effect of alcohol consumption. In an effort to determine what states may be the most vulnerable to irresponsible coping mechanisms during the 2020 Covid19 Quarantine, we combed Twitter to see what states had the highest number of mentions about alcohol. (If you have jumped on the Tik Tok bandwagon during the Corona Pandemic [guilty], then you may have begun to wonder just how many people have truly unhealthy drinking habits.) Additionally, consuming alcohol lowers your body’s ability to fight infection, which could leave you more vulnerable to contracting Covid19.


In order to truly understand what states in the US struggled the most with alcohol consumption, we ran a study of over 200,000 tweets to see what states had the highest number of alcohol mentions. Check out our team’s results!


In order to determine the states speaking about alcohol the most on Twitter, collected 201,875 tweets mentioning alcohol types for the past 30 days ( 5/25/20-6/25/20)

We a random sampling of tweets in the United States that contained the words: Beer, Cider, Wine, Whiskey, Brandy, Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Absinthe, and Liqueur.

We collected the data by using textual analysis. The data we collected included, date, time, location, city, state, country, tweet text, images, photos, user IDs, number of likes, number of retweets, and comments.

Sources: Twitter’s API

We then determined each state’s weighted average based on the population.



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