The average person on south Vancouver Island will drink 638 bottles of beer per year (Pexels.com/Engin Akyurt )

Vancouver Islanders drink more alcohol than provincial, national averages

The average south Vancouver Islander will drink 11.1 litres of alcohol per year

People living in the southern Vancouver Island area love to drink – noticeably more than the provincial and national average.

This information comes from Victoria’s 2019 Vital Signs report; the Vital Signs report is an annual community report that measures the vitality of the area by comparing data from a variety of resources. It is produced by the Victoria Foundation, and compares results to the United Nations Sustainable Development goals to grade how the city is doing.

According to the report, in 2017 the average south Islander, aged 15 and above, consumed 11.1 litres of alcohol per year.

This amount is defined in “absolute alcohol” levels, a technical term used by health organizations which measures how much ethanol is in each type of drink. Each litre, under this definition, would equal 58 standard drinks, so with this calculation 11.1 litres would amount to approximately 638 bottles of beer, or 104 bottles of wine.

READ MORE: Alcohol consumption on the rise on Vancouver Island

This is compared to a provincial average of 9.4 litres per person, and a national average of 8.1 litres per person.

This is a slight increase from 11 litres from the same assessment in 2016.

While there are many factors that could contribute to these numbers, there’s no doubt that the craft brewery craze hitting the Island and southwest coast of the mainland is a big contributor to the rise in popularity.


 

vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
and Instagram

Just Posted

Downtown Victoria tea shop switches to plastic tea bags

Murchie’s Tea and Coffee says the transition is temporary

Last week for first year of Oak Bay deer contraception campaign

Crew working to administer second booster to all 60 does

Indigenous artist challenges people to re-assess environments with new project

The ‘Indigenous Illuminations’ transforms the ordinary into something new

Second puppy killed by poisonous mushrooms in Victoria

Springer spaniel puppy died after consuming mushrooms in Fairfield neighbourhood

Western Speedway racing legend ‘The Flying Plumber’ turns 98

Dave Cooper recalls car crashes, his first win, and more

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

‘Sky didn’t fall:’ Police, lawyers still adjusting after pot legalization

Statistics Canada says 541 people were charged under the federal Cannabis Act between Oct. 17, 2018 and the end of the year

Fewer people prescribed opioids in B.C., but other provinces lack data: doctors

Patients who began taking opioids were prescribed smaller doses for shorter duration

Electric cello, stolen from vehicle in Williams Lake, returned to U.S. owner

Rita Rice of Texas said she and her husband had given up hope of ever seeing it again

Vancouver Island’s West Coast going wild about cycling

Ongoing project will tie Tofino and Ucluelet together with a paved cycling trail

Drop, cover and hold on: Thousands of British Columbians to take part in earthquake drill

This year’s drill comes as scientists announce discovery of ‘stormquakes,’ an earthquake and hurricane

Woman, 24, faces life-altering injuries after being dragged 4 blocks by vehicle in Vancouver

A gofundme account says the woman will have to undergo multiple complex surgeries

Most Read