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Booze, Beads and the Big Easy: Georgia Ranks Among Most Sinful States

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Today is Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday; a day often dedicated to drinking, decadence and debauchery before the start of the Lenten season which begins Ash Wednesday.

Every state is known for its own virtues and vices and the personal website WalletHub came up with its list of 2019’s Most Sinful States.

Analyst Jill Gonzalez said overall, Georgia came in at number seven.

"Georgia came in number two when it comes to jealousy, and it also ranked pretty highly when it comes to things like lust and vanity," Gonzalez said. "Lust, we're talking about things like time spent on adult entertainment websites, commercialized vice, vanity, beauty salons per capita, plastic surgeries taking place."

WalletHub compared the 50 states across 43 key indicators of immorality. Gonzalez says they rated some sins worse than others.

"We really used the seven deadly sins as the categories here so some metrics more serious than others," Gonzalez said. "When it comes to anger and hatred, things like hate crimes and hate groups per capita, mass shootings, versus when it comes to vanity, things like how many beauty salons per capita."

Perhaps one surprise, Missouri has the worst drug use problems while not surprising, Nevada has the highest rate of gambling addiction.

Analysts say gambling addiction costs the U.S. $5 billion per year and smoking costs dwarf that with over $300 billion per year.

Perhaps one surprise, Missouri has the worst drug use problems while not surprising, Nevada has the highest rate of gambling addiction.

To view entire list, visit WalletHub.

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