A recent study conducted by FindRecovery.com has revealed that Texas leads the nation in terms of high risk of alcoholism. The study found that public health challenges and other socioeconomic factors contribute to this vulnerability. It also highlighted the lack of health insurance and formal schooling as major contributing factors to the high rates of alcoholism in the state.
In Texas, a significant number of citizens lack health insurance, with The Texas Tribune reporting that it has the most uninsured Americans in comparison to other states. Additionally, Texas has the third-highest number of citizens who do not have formal schooling. California and Florida also ranked high in terms of alcoholism risk, with factors such as lack of formal schooling and high rates of uninsured citizens being attributed to their vulnerability.
Interestingly, the study noted that states with the highest GDP, including Texas, California, and New York, were among the top states with the highest risk of alcoholism. This challenges the notion that economic prosperity leads to a lower risk of alcoholism.
Serene Gato from FindRecovery.com emphasized the complexity of alcoholism risks in the US and stressed the importance of addressing underlying societal factors. The full ranking of states with the highest risk of alcoholism is as follows: Texas, California, Florida, Nevada, New York, Louisiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Mississippi.