Big drinkers

Ten per cent responsible for 53 per cent of the alcohol consumed in Canada

A new study reveals that 10 per cent of Canadians aged 15 and older are responsible for drinking 53 per cent of all the alcohol consumed in Canada. Researchers at the University of Victoria also found that, among those surveyed, 54 per cent of all alcohol consumption is over the suggested limit (that’s 10 drinks a week for women; 20 drinks a week for men). Among young adults, the numbers were even higher: nearly 80 per cent of alcohol consumption among 15 to 24-year-old Canadians is in excess of the low-risk guidelines. About 21.5 per cent of those aged 15 and older are at risk of acute or chronic harm as a result of drinking. Researchers also noted that people tend to under report their drinking.

University of Victoria