A study by 24/7 Wall St. ranks the states by the percentage of their revenue that comes from vice: gambling, smoking and alcohol consumption.
Based on revenue from state tobacco taxes, alcohol taxes and casino taxes, as well as proceeds from state-controlled liquor stores and state lotteries, the Granite State clocks in at number five — just behind West Virginia, Delaware, Rhode Island and, of course, Nevada:
New Hampshire generates a larger percentage of its revenue from tobacco and liquor taxes than any other state in the nation — at 2.72% and 1.15%, respectively. Proceeds coming from lottery ticket sales make up a percentage of the state’s total revenue that is among the top 25 states. Because of its low sales tax, the state tends to attract people from out of state to purchase both tobacco and alcohol. With large new liquor stores emerging on well-traveled highways in the state and record high alcohol sales, New Hampshire seems to have a reputation for promoting alcohol consumption. In 2011, 7.9% of New Hampshire residents said they were heavy drinkers, the fifth highest percentage in the United States.