From 2005 to 2010, Niagara had consistently had a higher percentage of adult alcohol consumption compared to Ontario. The difference between Niagara and Ontario is significant. From 2009-2010 in Niagara, alcohol consumption on a regular or occasional basis in adults ages 20 and over was 87.6%.
The Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines are used to help Canadians moderate their alcohol consumption, so that they can reduce the risk of alcohol-related injury or long-term conditions. In Niagara, 38.5% of adults ages 19 and over exceed the Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines (2009-2010). This is significantly higher than the per cent of adults in Ontario who exceed the Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines.