NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico continues to lead the nation in alcohol-related deaths. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national average for alcohol-related deaths was 27.4 per 100,000 residents for the years 2011 through 2015.
However, the CDC says that the state’s alcohol-related death rate is 52.3 per 100,000 residents for the same period, which is almost twice the rate of the country as a whole. Secretary Kathy Kunkel with the state department of health says New Mexico must use every tool available to reduce alcohol-related death and years of potential life lost due to excessive alcohol use.
The CDC report used data from the Alcohol-Related Disease Impact application which is a measure of total deaths that are associated with alcohol use and included those where other causes of death were involved.
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