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Source: Statistics Canada

Geographical Area: Canada (excluding territories) and provinces

Unit of Measurement: Percentage

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Indicator name

Prevalence of harmful alcohol use


No specific target

Indicator description

This indicator measures the prevalence of harmful alcohol use. Harmful alcohol use or 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.

Geographical coverage

Canada (excluding territories) and provinces

Unit of measurement



Not applicable

Comments and limitations

The indicator covers the population 12 years of age and over living in the ten provinces. Excluded from the survey’s coverage are: persons living on reserves and other Aboriginal settlements; the institutionalized population, and children aged 12-17 that are living in foster care.

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