Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol Use - Adults

Overall

By Sex

By Age Group

By Education and Income

 

Overall

In 2013/2014, 83% (80.1%, 86.2%) of Simcoe Muskoka adults 19 years of age and over reported being current alcohol drinkers. In comparison, 78% (77.0%, 78.8%) of Ontario residents 19 years of age were current alcohol drinkers. Since 2000/2001, the current drinking rate in Simcoe Muskoka has been consistently above the provincial rate; however, the rates both locally and provincially have remained relatively stable over this time period.

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Current drinkers can be classified into 2 groups:  regular drinkers;(drank alcohol in the past month) and occasional drinkers (drinking alcoholic beverages less than once per month). In 2013/2014, 65% (61.4%, 68.1%) of adults (19+) reported drinking regularly while 18.5% (16.1%, 21.2%) drank occasionally. Finally, another 17% (13.8%, 20.0%) of adults 19 years of age and older indicated that they had not consumed any alcohol in the 12 months preceding the survey. The percentage of regular adult drinkers in Simcoe Muskoka is significantly higher than for the province as a whole.


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By Sex
In Simcoe Muskoka in 2013/2014, the prevalence of regular drinking is significantly higher among adult males (71% (66.0%, 75.1%) compared with females (59% (54.6%, 63.5%). This was consistent with the pattern observed with the Ontario-level data.

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By Age Group

In Ontario, significantly fewer seniors (ages 65+) drink regularly compared to those in younger age categories; however, the percentage of Simcoe Muskoka seniors that are regular drinkers was not significantly different when compared with younger adults under 65 years of age.

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By Education and Income

 

Drinking alcohol regularly is highest among those with higher levels of education and income. In Ontario, significantly more adults (25 to 64 years of age) with a post-secondary education drink regularly compared to those with a high school education or less. In Simcoe Muskoka, a higher percentage of those with a post-secondary education report as regular drinkers when compared with those with a high school education or less; however, this difference was not statistically significant.

Additionally, significantly more adults (19+) living in households in the top twenty per cent (or quintile) of income drink regularly compared with those in the bottom income quintile. The percentage of Simcoe Muskoka adults (19+) living in the bottom income quintile that drink regularly is significantly higher than the comparable provincial average.

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