The consequences of excessive alcohol use are severe in New Mexico. New Mexico’s total alcohol-related death rate has ranked 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the U.S. since 1981; and 1st for the period 1997 through 2007 (the most recent year for which state comparison data are available). The negative consequences of excessive alcohol use in New Mexico are not limited to death, but also include domestic violence, crime, poverty, and unemployment, as well as chronic liver disease, motor vehicle crash and other injuries, mental illness, and a variety of other medical problems.
New Mexico’s total alcohol-related death rate has consistently been nearly twice the national rate for the past two decades. The alcohol-related death rate in New Mexico has increased from 1990 through 2014. By contrast, the U.S. alcohol-related death rate has slightly decreased (1990-2013).
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