Health experts want people across the world to drink less alcohol, but according to a recent study, some of us are drinking more booze — and more often. Alcohol Addiction is on the rise in Canada says experts.
A new study published in medical journal the Lancet found that between 1990 and 2017, global alcohol consumption rates increased from 5.9 litres annually per person to 6.5 litres. What’s more, researchers predict that this number will jump to 7.6 litres by the year 2030.
In other words, people are drinking more alcohol and the trend is expected to continue upward.
The study, conducted by researchers in Canada and Germany, also discovered that more people are drinking alcohol, too.
“The prevalence of current drinking increased from 45 per cent in 1990 to 47 per cent in 2017,” the researchers wrote. The amount of “heavy episodic drinkers” — a.k.a binge drinkers — also increased to 20 per cent in 2017 from 18.5 per cent in 1990.
When it comes to non-drinkers, the percentage of people who abstain from alcohol decreased from 46 per cent in 1990 to 43 per cent in 2017.
The researchers predict that these trends will continue, meaning that global goals for reducing alcohol intake are unlikely to happen.
“We forecast… trends to continue, with abstinence decreasing to 40 per cent by 2030… and the proportion of current drinkers increasing to 50 per cent by 2030,” the researchers wrote.
The number of people who binge drink is also expected to increase, rising to an estimate of 23 per cent in 2030.
Given the fact that 78 per cent of Canadians in 2017 reported consuming an alcoholic beverage in the past year — and 21 per cent of those drinkers were at risk for chronic effects — it’s important that people are aware of health repercussions.
Paradis says that if Canadians are going to consume alcohol, it’s best to follow the country’s low-risk drinking guidelines.