A new study from FindRecovery.com has identified Texas as the state with the highest risk of alcoholism in the United States. The factors contributing to this high risk include a lack of health insurance and formal schooling among its residents, according to the study.
California and Florida ranked second and third in the study, with similar issues contributing to their high risk of alcoholism. An overwhelming number of Texans lack health insurance, and the state also has a high number of citizens without formal schooling.
Interestingly, economic prosperity does not necessarily lower a state’s risk of alcoholism, as states with the highest GDP, including Texas, California, and New York, were found to have among the highest risk of alcoholism. Serene Gato from FindRecovery.com emphasized 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.
The full ranking revealed Texas, California, and Florida as the top three states with the highest risk of alcoholism, followed by Nevada, New York, Louisiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Mississippi. This highlights the need for continued research and attention to address these underlying factors and reduce the prevalence of alcoholism in these states.