How frequently Canadians drink alcohol by province 2018

As of July 2018, Quebec is the province where Canadians consume alcohol most frequently – some 57 percent of survey respondents stated that they drink alcohol at least once a week. In comparison, 28 percent of respondents, less than half of those in Quebec, claimed that they drank alcohol at least once a week in Atlantic Canada.

Other factors impacting alcohol consumption

It is clear from the given statistic that alcohol consumption frequency varies quite widely between provinces. The same survey compared Canadians’ drinking habits based on their political party, income and education level. The main takeaways from the survey were that Liberal voters, high earners and/or university graduates were more likely to consume alcohol more often.

Provincial per capita consumption

Despite Quebecois claiming to drink alcohol most frequently out of all the provinces, consumers in the Northwest Territories bought the most alcohol in the 2017/18 fiscal year - Canadians spent, on average, 1,494.4 Canadian dollars per capita on alcoholic beverages there in that year. Comparatively, consumers in Quebec spent 780.2 Canadian dollars per capita on alcohol.

Frequency of alcohol consumption in Canada as of July 2018, by province*

At least once a weekAt least once a monthLess oftenNever
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Release date

August 2018



Survey time period

July 11 to 16, 2018

Number of respondents

1,287 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Angus Reid Forum members

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The question was phrased by the source as follows: "How often would you say you have a drink containing alcohol?"
Figures may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

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