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Canadians with the lowest incomes report less heavy drinking but are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized for conditions entirely caused by alcohol.

Possible reasons for this are higher stress levels, limited social supports, and poor diet and physical inactivity. 

Among Canadians with the lowest incomes, 20% report heavy drinking and there are 411 hospitalizations per 100,000 people.

Among Canadians with the highest incomes, 29% report heavy drinking and there are 166 hospitalizations per 100,000 people.

Alcohol pricing policies and screening for heavy drinking are among the most effective strategies for reducing alcohol harm. For more information, see Alcohol Harm in Canada.