Latin America: prevalence of heavy episodic drinking 2019-2020, by gender

The share of alcohol consumers in Latin America and the Caribbean who experienced heavy episodic drinking in the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic (March to June 2020) decreased in comparison to 2019, according to a survey carried out in the region. This share close to halved for women, going from a prevalence of 43.5 percent in 2019 to 26.6 percent in the period analized in 2020, while for men a decrease of nearly 20 percentage points was registered.

Prevalence of heavy episodic drinking in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019 and 2020, by gender

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

May 22 to June 30, 2020

Number of respondents

12,328 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Between March and June 2020
Heavy episodic drinking (HED) is defined by the source as consuming 60+ gramms of pure alcohol on at least one occasion during the 30 days prior to the survey.
The survey was carried out among residents of the 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries that did not travel abroad since March 15, 2020.

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