Alcohol abuse a problem in Yucatán. Alcohol abuse a problem in Yucatán.

Yucatán leads Mexico in alcohol abuse

Number of people treated for severe intoxication far higher than other states

Crime rates in Yucatán are among the lowest in Mexico but the same cannot be said for alcohol abuse.


More than 7,000 people received medical treatment for severe intoxication in the state during the first 10 months of the year, a significantly larger number than the state average of 1,122 cases.

Most of the incidents in Yucatán— 6,717 — were men, compared to just 808 women.

However, the numbers are down from last year, although the state led the country then, too.

There were 11,492 cases in 2015; Jalisco came next, trailing far behind with 3,923. Guanajuato was third with 2,884 cases, followed by Mexico City with 2,721.

The figures were released by the federal Health Secretariat.

Yucatán has also been leading the way in terms of ailments related to alcohol consumption. At present there are 135 reported cases of cirrhosis of the liver, 19 more than last year.

The newspaper Milenio reported that the majority of motor vehicle accidents in Mexico are caused by driving under the influence of alcohol.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • Henry Wilson

    i was told in a recent visit to merida that most yucatecos are very sad and depressed people, mostly because there are no jobs and the poverty rate seems to be increasing. i remembered this as it surprised me…until i ventured out on a tour into rural yucatan and saw the misery up close first hand. this could be a contributing factor to the high alcohol abuse.

    • Happygirl

      The “Yucatecos” I know are a very happy bunch, and yes, they love to party, and alcohol (beer) is their preferred drink. Your excuse that they are poor and that there are no jobs doesn’t fly because most of Mexico is poor and underemployed. Poverty sucks…but most handle it with love of family and a deep belief that tomorrow is in God’s hands. But, they still manage to buy a cold beer. I see more help wanted posters here than I see back home and the local government has make work projects that help the poor who want to work. Right now locals are cutting weeds and collecting garbage from the roadsides. It seems that it is more socially acceptable here to drink to excess…the sun is hot chopping and bagging those weeds and a few cold beers go down real well after a long day of hard work.We have local chapters of Alcohol Anonymous/Alanon for both Mexicans and the expats/snowbirds. I have to laugh because the Mayans see us foreigners as a bunch of drunks…and I rarely drink and never get drunk. It is a problem in the Yucatan, a big problem just like back home.

      • Henry Wilson

        typical foreigner who lives in the forest but never sees all of the trees.

      • rangerrandy

        I share your views Happy girl….been living here in the Yucatan as a foreign resident for close to 30 years now, and find that the local Mayans as a rule do seem to have less inclination to learn more professional lines of work. Probably a cultural thing; for much of their history they were isolated from
        the rest of the world

    • Hailey Mannering

      There´s a serious shortage of skilled construction trades people in Merida – even house painters. Many of those who are skilled are foreigners. The rural people generally lack the training to prosper and many only want to work as albañiles, not skilled workers who tend to work alone. Rural Yucatecans don´t strike me as miserable, though. They live for their families and friends and if they work out of town, they love their visits back in their home villages.

      • Henry Wilson

        no disagreement.

  • alance

    Mexico needs to legalize cannabis like Californa.

    It is much healthier.