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Drinking habits vary widely across country

If you’re a bar owner in Saskatchewan you’ll want to stock more of the hard stuff than you would in Quebec, where wine is far more popular.

If you’re a bar owner in Saskatchewan you’ll want to stock more of the hard stuff than you would in Quebec, where wine is far more popular.

And as a Maritime publican, you’ll just want to have a lot.

A new study of drinking habits across the country shows a marked difference in the types and amounts of alcoholic beverages Canadians drink from province to province.

For example, while spirits like rye and vodka account for only 20 per cent of the alcohol consumed in the country by women, they represent 31 per cent of the drinks poured for females in Saskatchewan.

And while men in B.C. will consume an average of 2.9 drinks a day and 3.2 in Ontario, their counterparts in Atlantic Canada typically down an average 4.1 drinks daily.

The study, which appeared Thursday in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, surveyed 10,466 active drinkers across the country.

“People might just be socialized differently into the drinking culture across Canada,” said lead study author Catherine Paradis. “The way alcohol companies socialize might vary from one province to the other.”

 
 
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