Heavy drinking, by age group and sex (Number of persons)
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|number of persons|
|Total, 12 years and over||5,531,638||5,281,113|
|12 to 19 years||390,355||336,839|
|20 to 34 years||2,274,283||2,104,262|
|35 to 44 years||911,324||938,099|
|45 to 64 years||1,668,494||1,593,891|
|65 years and over||287,182||308,022|
|Note: Population aged 12 and over who reported having 5 or more drinks on one occasion, at least once a month in the past 12 months. |
A definition change was implemented in 2013 to conform with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Canada guidelines for heavy drinking. Heavy drinking refers to males who reported having 5 or more drinks, or women who reported having 4 or more drinks, on one occasion, at least once a month in the past year. While this indicator remains comparable for males to the 5 or more drinks indicator published in previous years, it is no longer comparable for females.
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM, table 105-0501 and Catalogue no. 82-221-X.
Last modified: 2016-03-07.
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