Alcohol Consumption


Annual per capita alcohol consumption for persons aged 15 years and older, expressed in litres of absolute alcohol.

Methods and Limitations:

The data are derived from the alcohol consumption component of the British Columbia Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Monitoring Project, which assembles time-series data on alcohol sales in different geographic regions of British Columbia (BC). These data include alcohol sales data and the U-Brew/U-Vin data obtained from the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and the BC Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

Data are presented as estimates of per capita alcohol (PCA) consumption, for persons aged 15 and older, in litres of absolute alcohol, at the provincial level and for BC health geographies, including 89 local health areas (LHA), 16 health service delivery areas, and five health authorities. PCA consumption data are available from 2002 to 2020.

One litre of absolute alcohol equals 58.65 standard drinks (beer, wine or cocktails), per person aged 15 years and older per year in BC. Beer refers to 341 mL bottles of beer at 5% alcohol per volume. Wine refers 750 mL bottles of wine at 12% alcohol per volume. A standard drink equals 17.05 mL of pure alcohol.

The impacts and statistical trends of PCA consumption in different parts of BC are available through the Interactive BC Alcohol and Other Drug Analyzer Tool (AOD Trend Analyzer Tool). These data can be broken down by PCA consumption category and by BC health geographies. 

PCA consumption in the LHAs may be subject to large variations between years. This variation can be due a single liquor store closing in a particular LHA.

The BC AOD Monitoring Project is led by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. In 2021, CISUR was named the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Alcohol and Public Health Policy Research.


Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. BC Alcohol and Other Drugs Monitoring Project. BC Alcohol Consumption Trend Analyzer Tool. Victoria, British Columbia: University of Victoria.

Data is updated on Vital Victoria as it becomes available from the data providers.


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