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Austin ranks fifth on 'drunkest city' list

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Katharine Mcmillan is visiting her old stomping grounds this week. She was a Longhorn in the '80s.

"It was weirder and better. And freakier. And Sixth Street was just starting to get built up and it wasn't sort of as drinking intensive as it is now," Mcmillan said.

Well now, Austin is number 5 on The Daily Beast's new "25 Drunkest Cities of 2012" list.

The Daily Beast says it got data on the average number of alcoholic drinks per month per adult in each metro area -- along with statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the percentage of people who are considered binge or heavy drinkers.

According to the research, in Austin the average adult drinks 14.6 drinks per month, the percentage of Austinites classified as binge drinkers is 18.6%...heavy drinkers...5%.

"I obviously can't disagree with it. I think that Austin by its very culture, you know, the live music capitol of the world, there are so many events in and around Austin that bring a very diverse crowd into Austin almost every weekend. And like it or not most of those events are catered around alcohol," said Austin Police detective Richard Mabe.

For APD, it's their job to keep the drinkers off of the road.

For those that attribute Austin's number 5 ranking to our college town status, Mabe says it's not so much the UT students that are getting busted for DWI.

"The range of people getting arrested for DWI I would say is between 25 and 40 years old. So it's not the college kids. UT I think does a great job of educating the students about alternatives to driving. They have a lot of events on campus. Capitol Metro during the school year has the E-bus," Mabe said.

Lev Parker is in town checking out UT. He says he can see why Austin made the list.

"I could see that, I could see that. Although I think here that it...[it's] a friendly drunk. It's kind of silly to kind of seems to be like a loose friendly environment, like it doesn't seem angsty or what not," Parker said.

Austin Police says this weekend was no refusal and they made 106 arrests, which is 12 more than last year's Labor Day.

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