Heavy drinking

For males, heavy drinking is defined as consuming at least 5 servings of alcohol on at least one occasion per month in the previous 12 months. For females, the threshold is 4 servings. This level of alcohol consumption can have serious health and social consequences.

This definition has changed over the years. Prior to 2013, the threshold was 5 or more servings for both males and females.
Rates of heavy drinking presented in this section are calculated for the population aged 12 and over.

Heavy drinking by geographic area

Key findings

Notes:

Figure: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and geographic area, ages 12+, 2007/08 to 2013/14

Graph depicting Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and geographic area, ages 12+, 2007/08 to 2013/14. Data found in tables below.

Table: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and geographic area, ages 12+, 2007/08 to 2013/14

Geographic RegionPrevalence Rate, 2007 to 2008Prevalence Rate, 2009 to 2010Prelavence Rate, 2011 to 2012Prevalence Rate, 2013 to 2014
Sudbury and districts22.8% (CI: 19.8% to 26.1%)20.3% (CI: 17.0% to 24.1%)22.2% (CI: 18.5% to 26.4%)23.6% (CI: 19.7% to 28.0%)
Northeastern Ontario22.4% (CI: 20.6% to 24.2%)20.8% (CI: 18.8% to 22.8%)21.4% (CI: 19.5% to 23.5%)23.0% (CI: 20.9% to 25.2%)
Ontario15.5% (CI: 14.9% to 16.1%)15.8% (CI: 15.2% to 16.3%)16.4% (CI: 15.7% to 17.0%)16.3% (CI: 15.7% to 17.0%)

Heavy drinking by sex

Key findings

Notes:

Figure: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, ages 12+, by year and sex, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

Graph depicting Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, ages 12+, by year and sex, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014. Data found in tables below.

Table: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, ages 12+, by year and sex, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

SexPrevalence Rate, 2007 to 2010Prevalence Rate, 2011 to 2014
Males30.2% (CI: 26.6% to 34.1%)32.1% (CI: 27.8% to 36.8%)
Females12.5% (CI: 10.2% to 15.3%)13.6% (CI: 10.9% to 16.8%)

Heavy drinking by age group

Key findings

Notes:

Figure: Prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and age group, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

Graph depicting Prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and age group, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014. Data found in tables below.

Table: Prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and age group, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

Note: Numbers followed by the letter “E” are to be interpreted with caution due to high sampling variability.

The letter “F” is to be interpreted as an estimate which has been supressed due to high sampling variability.

Age (Years)Prevalence Rate, 2007 to 2010Prevalence Rate, 2011 to 2014
12 to 1819.9% E (CI: 13.8% to 27.7%)F
19 to 2943.3% (CI: 37.0% to 49.9%)38.2% (CI: 30.3% to 46.8%)
30 to 6420.4% (CI: 17.5% to 23.8%)26.3% (CI: 22.4% to 30.5%)
65+5.5% E (CI: 3.6% to 8.5%)6.4% E (CI: 3.9% to 10.6%)

Heavy drinking by household income

Key findings:

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Figure: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and household income, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

Graph depicting Prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and household income, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014. Data found in tables below

Table: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and household income, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

Note: Numbers followed by the letter “E” are to be interpreted with caution due to high sampling variability.

Household Income DistributionPrevalence Rate, 2007 to 2010Prevalence Rate, 2011 to 2014
Quintile 1 (Lowest)16.7% (CI: 12.8% to 21.4%)21.6% (CI: 15.5% to 29.2%)
Quintile 215.9% (CI: 11.9% to 21.0%)15.8% E (CI: 10.3% to 23.4%)
Quintile 323.1% (CI: 18.1% to 29.0%)19.5% (CI: 14.9% to 25.2%)
Quintile 428.5% (CI: 23.7% to 33.9%)26.7% (CI: 20.4% to 34.0%)
Quintile 5 (Highest)28.7% (CI: 22.7% to 35.6%)27.7% (CI: 21.3% to 35.2%)

Heavy drinking by education

Key findings:

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Figure: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and education levels, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

Graph depicting Prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and education levels, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014. Data found in tables below.

Table: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and education, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

Note: Numbers followed by the letter “E” are to be interpreted with caution due to high sampling variability.

EducationPrevalence Rate, 2007 to 2010Prevalence Rate, 2011 to 2014
< Highschool Diploma23.9% E (CI: 15.9% to 34.2%)31.4% E (CI: 21.0% to 44.1%)
Highschool Diploma19.8% (CI: 14.3% to 26.7%)19.1% (CI: 13.8% to 25.8%)
Trade, College or University Diploma or Certificate17.3% (CI: 14.0% to 21.2%)24.4% (CI: 20.2% to 29.2%)
University Degree18.4% E (CI: 12.9% to 25.5%)18.8% E (CI: 13.1% to 26.2%)

Heavy drinking by first official language spoken

Key findings:

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Figure: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and first official language spoken, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

Graph depicting Prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and first official language spoken, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014. Data found in tables below.

Table: Age-standardized prevalence rate, heavy drinking, by year and first official language spoken, ages 12+, 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014

First Official Language SpokenPrevalence Rate, 2007 to 2010Prevalence Rate, 2011 to 2014
French18.4% (CI: 14.7% to 22.7%)24.3% (CI: 18.4% to 31.4%)
English22.6% (CI: 20.1% to 25.3%)22.6% (CI: 19.6% to 25.9%)

 

 


This item was last modified on August 22, 2018