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Indicator Report - Alcohol: Alcohol-related Chronic Disease Deaths

Why Is This Important?

Chronic heavy drinking (defined as drinking, on average, more than two drinks per day for men, and more than one drink per day for women) often is associated with alcoholism or alcohol dependence, and can cause or contribute to a number of diseases, including alcoholic liver cirrhosis. For the past 15 years, New Mexico's death rate from alcohol-related chronic disease has consistently been first or second in the nation, and 1.5 to 2 times the national rate. Furthermore, while the national death rate from alcohol-related chronic disease has decreased, New Mexico's rate has increased.

The five leading causes of alcohol-related chronic disease death in New Mexico are: alcohol-related chronic liver disease, alcohol dependence, hypertension, alcohol abuse, and hemorrhagic stroke. Alcohol-related chronic liver disease is the leading cause of alcohol-related death in New Mexico, with a rate almost twice the second leading cause (fall injuries).

Alcohol-related Chronic Disease Deaths by County, New Mexico 2009-2013

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Data Notes

Rates are age-adjusted to the US 2000 standard population.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Population Data Source: Geospatial and Population Studies Program, University of New Mexico.
  • U.S. Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.

Other Views


Alcohol-related chronic disease death is defined as the number of chronic disease deaths attributed to alcohol per 100,000 population. The alcohol-related chronic disease death rates reported here are based on definitions and alcohol-attributable fractions from the CDC's Alcohol-Related Disease Impact (ARDI) website (

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of alcohol-related chronic disease deaths in New Mexico
Denominator: New Mexico population

Page Content Updated On 11/26/2014, Published on 12/01/2014
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Content updated: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:51:04 MST