A recent study from FindRecovery.com has identified Texas as the state with the highest risk of alcoholism in the United States. Factors contributing to this risk include a lack of health insurance and formal schooling among its residents, as well as public health challenges and socioeconomic factors.
California and Florida also ranked high in the study, with similar issues such as a high number of citizens without formal schooling and health insurance. 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.