Heavy drinking, by age group and sex (Number of persons)
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|number of persons|
|Total, 12 years and over||4,868,047||4,935,024||5,444,504||5,042,829||..|
|12 to 19 years||470,470||455,435||428,422||362,839||..|
|20 to 34 years||1,985,869||2,030,022||2,304,571||2,183,912||..|
|35 to 44 years||807,233||806,959||931,950||865,481||..|
|45 to 64 years||1,411,740||1,451,238||1,559,461||1,381,041||..|
|65 years and over||192,735||191,370||220,100||249,556||..|
| .. : not available for a specific reference period. |
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: 2014-06-12.
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