Louisiana has ranked at the top of another list but definitely not a good one. The Bayou State has ranked in the top 10 states that are associated with alcoholism.

According to a study done by an addiction resource site, Find Recovery, Louisiana is the sixth state that is most vulnerable to alcoholism.

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The study finds that this is linked to public health challenges, among other socioeconomic factors.

Louisiana had the second-highest number of people with incomes under the poverty rate with 17,810 per 100,000 people.

The study was completed after gathering each state's socioeconomic factors like unemployment rates, poverty levels, educational status, and lack of basic amenities.


Each of the above factors was assigned a point score. Louisiana scored 59.03 points.

Here are the top 10 states that are associated with alcoholism, according to the study:

  1. Texas - 72.38
  2. California - 67.28
  3. Florida - 62.55
  4. Nevada - 59.79
  5. New York - 59.58
  6. Louisiana - 59.03
  7. Illinois - 57.60
  8. Pennsylvania - 56.94
  9. New Mexico - 54.66
  10. Mississippi - 54.41
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Economic prosperity doesn't necessarily mean a state has a lower risk for alcoholism. The study noted that states with the highest GDP (Gross Domestic Product) -- including Texas, California and New York -- were found to be among the states with the highest risk of alcoholism.

Serene Gato with FindRecovery.com spoke about the findings.

“Our findings underscore the complexity of alcoholism risks in the U.S., revealing that it’s not just about economic prosperity but also about addressing the underlying societal factors,” Gato said.

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