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 followed closely behind, with similar issues contributing to their high risk of alcoholism.
The study found that public health challenges and socioeconomic factors played a significant role in Texas’ vulnerability to alcoholism. An overwhelming number of Texans lack health insurance, and the state also has a high number of citizens without formal schooling. These issues are not limited to Texas, as California and Florida also have high rates of citizens without health insurance and formal schooling.
Despite their economic prosperity, states with the highest GDP, including Texas, California, and New York, were found to have among the highest risk of alcoholism. This highlights the complexity of alcoholism risks in the U.S., which cannot be reduced solely to economic factors but also requires addressing underlying societal issues.
Serene Gato from FindRecovery.com emphasized the importance of addressing these underlying factors in reducing the risk of alcoholism in the U.S. 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