Why Is Alcohol Abuse an Issue in New Mexico?

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Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Monday, 09, December 2019

It is estimated that in the state, eight out of ten leading causes of death are linked to the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. The state of New Mexico has one of the highest drug overdose mortality rates in the country and the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths in the country. Over the past 30 years, alcohol-related deaths in the state have been some of the highest within the nation. Alcohol is a widely used drug throughout the country and does result in dangerous addictions. Millions of Americans struggle with alcohol addiction and binge drinking is often the cause of most alcohol addictions. The negative consequences of alcohol abuse result in domestic violence, crime, poverty, unemployment, chronic liver disease, car accidents, and a host of other medical problems.

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Alcohol abuse in New Mexico results in billions of dollars being spent at the expense of the taxpayer. As someone becomes older the rates of alcohol-related death increase and are higher for males than females. Native Americans within the state have the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths. The rate of alcohol-related injury deaths in the state is almost double the national rate. Alcohol abuse often starts at a young age with adolescents binge drinking and abusing alcohol. If they cannot get help for their problem, it will carry over into their adult lives. Alcohol addiction is difficult to treat and does result in lengthy rehabilitation when done correctly.

If you are searching for an alcohol treatment program in New Mexico, Drug Rehab Services can help you find one. Through an extensive service directory, you can locate the best possible alcohol treatment program within the state. Rehabilitation must start with detox, followed by lengthy residential drug rehab. If alcohol addiction is not treated properly it does become worse, and more difficult to convince the alcoholic to get help.