How we drink: Here’s everything you need to know about Canadians’ overall boozy habits

A really interesting look at alcohol consumption trends in Canada.

The Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility Project

Written by: Sarah Boesveld | May 15, 2015

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LESSON 1: THE VAST MAJORITY OF US DRINK

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Roughly 80% of Canadians drink alcohol, the boozing majority swelling in size over the better part of a decade. Nearly 22 million Canadians reported throwing back booze in the year 2013, whether it be a tipple or a ton of Tanqueray. Studies show we’re also drinking more than we should: The percentage of Canadians exceeding the low-risk drinking guidelines set out by Canadian health agencies was 18.8% in 2013 compared to 17.6% a decade earlier.

In the year 2014, Canadians over age 15 downed 8 litres of pure booze, or 469 standard drinks. But while ubiquitous beer commercials and these kinds of stats make it seem like we’re on the bottle more than ever, drinkers in the 1989 and the mid-to late 80s actually drank more than we do…

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