New research from FindRecovery.com has identified Texas as the state with the highest risk of alcoholism in the United States. The study found that a lack of health insurance and formal schooling among residents are significant factors contributing to this risk, with California and Florida also ranked highly due to similar issues.
Texas’ public health challenges and socioeconomic factors play a significant role in its high vulnerability to alcoholism. An overwhelming number of Texans lack health insurance, and the state also has a high number of citizens without formal schooling. Similarly, California has a high number of residents without formal schooling and unemployed individuals, while Florida has a high rate of citizens without health insurance.
However, 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.