No. 17 Biggest Beer Drinker: New Mexico

Gallons sold per capita: 23.7
Population of legal drinking age: 1,449,403
State excise taxes collected on malt beverages: $18,687,592

Unfortunately, alcohol and drug abuse are among New Mexico's worst health problems, according to the state Health Dept. A report from the department states death from alcohol-related disease is more severe in the American Indian and Hispanic populations, which 2010 Census data show represent 9.4 percent and 46.3 percent, respectively, of New Mexico's population.
 
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