A new study has identified Texas as the state with the highest risk of alcoholism. Factors contributing to this risk include a lack of health insurance and formal schooling among its residents. California and Florida ranked second and third in the study, with similar issues contributing to their high risk of alcoholism.
Interestingly, the study also noted that economic prosperity does not necessarily lower a state’s risk of alcoholism. States with the highest GDP, including Texas, California, and New York, were found to have among the highest risk of alcoholism.
The study from FindRecovery.com highlights the complexity of alcoholism risks in the U.S., stating that it is not just about economic prosperity but also about addressing underlying societal factors. Serene Gato from FindRecovery.com emphasized that states like Texas, California, and Florida should prioritize addressing these factors in order to reduce their high risk of alcoholism. The full ranking revealed these three states as well as Nevada, New York, Louisiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Mississippi as having some of the highest rates of alcoholism in the country.