Alcohol and Your Health: Risk or Benefit?
Low Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines
Alcohol and Your Sleep
Alcohol Consumption Statistics (Statistics Canada)
- In 2017, 19.2% of Canadians aged 12 and older, or roughly 5.8 million people, reported alcohol consumption that classified them as heavy drinkers.
- The percentage of persons aged 12 and over who reported alcohol consumption that categorized them as heavy drinkers remained stable between 2015 and 2016.
- Overall, men were more likely (23.8%) to be heavy drinkers than women (14.2%) in 2016.
- The 2016 Canadian Community Health Survey included questions on alcohol use in the previous week. According to Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines, 16.6% of Canadians are consuming alcohol at a rate that poses a long-term health risk.
- The age group of people aged 18 to 34, both sexes combined, had the highest percentage of heavy drinkers. In this age group, 34.4% of men and 23.4% of women were heavy drinkers.
- Nearly 83.0% of people aged 12 and over reported drinking in the past 12 months.
- The majority (69.0%) of these individuals reported drinking regularly, at least once a month.
- 17.2% of people said they had not consumed alcohol in the past 12 months.
- 80.2% of women aged 12 and over reported drinking alcohol in the past 12 months, with more than one-quarter drinking alcohol occasionally.
- 19.8% of women aged 12 and over reported not drinking.
- A higher percentage of women than men reported not drinking in the past 12 months.
- 85.5% of men aged 12 and over reported drinking alcohol in the past 12 months, the majority of whom drank alcohol regularly.
- 14.5% of men aged 12 and over reported not drinking in the past 12 months.
- Men are more likely than women to say they drink alcohol regularly.
- There is a significant gender gap among occasional drinkers, with the proportion of men nearly half that of women in this situation.
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