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3 Montana cities ranked among "most hungover" in America

 GREAT FALLS -- Montana has topped (or come close) several national lists lately, but the latest list to feature some Treasure State cities isn't one to brag about.

Business Insider has published a list of "The 25 Most Hungover Cities In America," and three Montana towns are on it: Great Falls, Missoula, and Billings.

The survey included only cities that have more than 50,000 people, which left several Montana towns out of the running completely, including Butte.

The authors of the list, Andy Kiersz and Megan Willett, used data from the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention's "2011 Behavioural Risk Factor Surveillance System," and the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 County Business Patterns program.

Five criteria were used to compile the list: binge drinking; heavy drinking; number of bars per 100,000 residents; number of beer, liquor, or wine stores per 100,000 residents; and the number of alcoholic beverage-producing establishments per 100,000 residents.

Kiersz and Willett then crunched the numbers to arrive at a "hangover score" for each community; the higher the score, the more "hungover" the city is rated.

Billings, with a hangover score of 68.94, wound up at #23 on the list.

Great Falls had a score of 76.8, which landed it at #11 on the list.

Missoula cracked the top ten with its score of 81.72, earning it #7 on the list.

The #1 city on the list is Lawrence, Kansas, with a hangover score of 90.22.

Click here to see the complete list and learn more about the methodology.
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