A recent study conducted by FindRecovery.com has identified Texas as the state with the highest risk of alcoholism. 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.
According to Serene Gato from FindRecovery.com, economic prosperity does not necessarily lower a state’s risk of alcoholism. In fact, states with the highest GDP, including Texas, California, and New York, were found to have among the highest risk of alcoholism.
The study revealed that public health challenges and socioeconomic factors play a significant role in Texas’ 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 and Florida also have a high rate of citizens without health insurance and a large number of unemployed residents contributing to their high risk of alcoholism.
Gato emphasized the complexity of alcoholism risks in the U.S., stating that it is not just about economic prosperity but also addressing underlying societal factors such as access to healthcare and education. 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