Over 11% of Canadian drinkers' daily caloric intake comes from alcohol: study

Sep 3 2019, 9:59 am

A recent study from the University of Victoria found that the average drinker consumes 11.2% of their daily estimated energy requirements (EER) from alcohol.

Conducted by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, the study’s abstract states that this percentage translates to 250 calories, with proportions varying between men and women.

Men, it was found, consume a higher proportion of their EER in the form of alcohol, with 13.3% coming from booze while for women, it’s 8.2%.

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For the study, data from annual alcohol sales per capita (aged 15+) in litres of pure ethanol, by beverage type, were taken from Statistics Canada’s CANSIM database and converted into calories.

Calorie intake from alcohol across the country was estimated overall, and by gender, age, and province, with EERs coming from Canada’s Food Guide. The apportionment of consumption by gender, age, and province was based on data from the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Survey.

Overall, it was found that drinkers consumed more than one-tenth of their EER from alcohol in all but one province.

By beverage type, beer contributes 52.7% of all calories derived from alcohol, while wine offers 20.8%; spirits lend 19.8%; and ciders, coolers, and other alcohol contribute 6.7%.

According to the study, the caloric impact of alcoholic drinks in the Canadian diet suggests that the addition of caloric labelling on these drinks is necessary.