Alcohol Consumption in Canada - Statistics & Facts

Alcohol is a common name for fermented or distilled beverages which contain ethyl alcohol, otherwise known as ethanol. Fermented alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine contain lower amounts of alcohol, typically between two and 20 percent, while distilled alcoholic beverages such as spirits and liqueurs contain 20 percent or more alcohol by volume. Despite the known and potentially hazardous effects on human health, alcohol has remained a commonly consumed beverage worldwide. In Canada, approximately 19.5 percent of consumers were reported as heavy alcoholic drinkers in 2017, with men consuming five or more drinks per sitting and women consuming four or more drinks, at least once per month for 12 months.

Annual household expenditure on alcoholic beverages in 2016 was 1,023 Canadian dollars on average. The most popular alcoholic drink among consumers in 2018 was wine, followed by domestic and imported beer. Men were generally the biggest consumers of beer in Canada. Men aged between 18 and 34 accounted for the largest share of beer consumers.

Vodka is predicted to be the leading spirit consumed in Canada in 2018, with consumption volumes expected to reach around 4.6 million 9 liter cases. Rum is expected to be the second most consumed spirit. Quebec is the province with the highest alcohol consumption in Canada, with 57 percent of the population drinking alcohol at least once a week. When it comes to political preferences and drinking, Liberal voters consume alcohol most frequently. Despite a high proportion of Canadian stating that they drink alcohol at least once a week, per capita consumption is forecasted to decline year on year, to reach new lows of 96.3 liters by 2023.

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