The Devastating Impact of Alcohol in New Mexico, United StatesPosted September 06 2022
Nearly three times more people die due to alcohol in New Mexico than the United States national average. Despite the heavy alcohol burden New Mexico’s focus has so far only been to improve DUI laws and to prescribe the problem to just Native American communities or to people with alcohol use disorder.
Attempts to improve alcohol policies such as by raising taxes have met with heavy and organized alcohol industry opposition, killing any initiatives taken so far. Last month policymakers again took an interest in the accelerating alcohol problem in the state. The hope is that this start would lead to better alcohol policy solutions to better protect New Mexico residents. At this point, it’s a matter of saving lives instead of promoting the private profits of the alcohol industry.