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Fargo named fifth-drunkest city in U.S.

FARGO - Men's Health magazine has named Fargo the fifth-drunkest city in America. Denver was at the top of the list of "most dangerously drunk" cities, followed by Anchorage, Alaska; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Omaha, Neb.; and Fargo. Men's Health r...

FARGO - Men's Health magazine has named Fargo the fifth-drunkest city in America.

Denver was at the top of the list of "most dangerously drunk" cities, followed by Anchorage, Alaska; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Omaha, Neb.; and Fargo.

Men's Health ranked cities based on a number of factors, including annual death rates because of alcoholic liver disease, drunk-driving arrests and the percentage of fatal accidents involving intoxicated drivers.

The magazine drew its statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Robyn Litke, coordinator of the Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley, said being billed as an extraordinarily drunken city should serve as a wake-up call for North Dakotans who tip the bottle back too often.

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"We need to look at this as the problem that it is," she said.

Hal Gershman, owner of Happy Harry's Bottle Shops in Fargo and Grand Forks, said he wasn't happy to hear about the "unfortunate" designation.

"You never like to see that," he said.

Gershman's liquor stores began posting notices encouraging responsible drinking in 1988.

- The Forum

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