Heavy drinking, by age group and sex (Percent)
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|Total, 12 years and over||18.9||17.9|
|12 to 19 years||12.4||10.7|
|20 to 34 years||32.1||30.5|
|35 to 44 years||20.1||20.0|
|45 to 64 years||17.4||16.6|
|65 years and over||5.8||6.0|
|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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