One-in-seven may be alcoholic

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One-in-seven may be alcoholic

One twentieth admit problem; one tenth won't answer

TORONTO MAY 30th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1694 Canadians 18 years of age and older, one twentieth admit to being alcoholics (4%), while a further one tenth prefer not to answer (11%) for a total of about one seventh who may be considered to have a drinking problem. Admitting to alcoholism is especially common to the youngest (11%), males (7%), the least wealthy (a proxy for age - 18%), in Atlantic Canada (7%), the prairies (8%) and Alberta (9%). Conservative supporters are more likely to claim a problem with alcohol (7%) than Liberals (4%) or New Democrats (3%). Incidence is also high among non-Christians (11%).

Among those who claim to be alcoholics, there is a relatively even split between those who say they are in recovery an still practicing (30% and 41%, respectively. Caution: small base size). A further one quarter prefer not to answer (28%, caution: small base size).

One-in- one hundred Canadians in total claim to have attended rehab (%), and incidence is highest among the least wealthy (5%).

Conventional wisdom has said for years the alcoholic population comprises about 5% of society, but these findings show the figure may be twice as high or more," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.