A recent study by FindRecovery.com has identified Texas as the state with the highest risk of alcoholism in the United States. Several factors contribute to this risk, including 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. Despite having a high GDP, these states were found to have high rates of citizens without health insurance and a significant number of unemployed residents.
Serene Gato from FindRecovery.com emphasized that economic prosperity does not necessarily lower a state’s risk of alcoholism. Instead, it is about addressing underlying societal factors such as access to healthcare and education that can contribute to higher rates of alcoholism. 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.