SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Alcohol-related deaths are up in New Mexico according to the New Mexico Department of Health.
The NMDOH reports that in 2018, 1,544 New Mexicans died from alcohol-related causes. That number is up 6% from 2017 when there were 1,461 deaths.
According to the department, this number includes all deaths from causes that are 100% alcohol like alcohol poisoning as well as a fraction of deaths that are partially alcohol-attributable including injuries from falling and suicide.
NMDOH says that in the five year period between 2014 and 2018, the highest death rates were in McKinley County, 166.1, and Rio Arriba County with144.8 deaths. Los Alamos and Harding had the lowest death rates with 30.5 and 22.3 deaths respectively.
The department states that New Mexico has had the highest alcohol-related death rate in the United States since 1997.