TORONTO: Toronto and Mississauga are both boroughs for boozehounds, according to a recent report released by Statistics Canada.
Both the central Toronto area and the Mississauga-Halton area were tied for first place for heavy drinking, with 19.3 per cent of the population of both locations reporting having more than five drinks at least once a month, according to the Toronto Star.
Statscan doesn’t offer reasons why but one Toronto bar operator says it’s the young population attracted to the downtown.
“People are drawn to the big city; there’s a lot of choices,” said Dean Odorico, general manager at Woody’s on Church St.
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“It’s a big population and a lot of young people — young people tend to drink more,” he added.
It’s a different story across much of the GTA, where binge drinking actually dropped. The Brampton area, York Region and Durham Region saw heavy drinking decline by as much as 31 per cent since the last survey in 2010.
Odorico said he doesn’t think Toronto’s partying ways are out of hand.
“I think people are pretty responsible now, especially with drinking and driving,” he added.
The biannual health indicator survey polled Local Health Integration Networks to determine what proportion of the population 12 and older drank heavily.
LHINs are provincially mandated health organizations. The GTA contains five LHINs: Central (York and South Simcoe), Central West (Brampton area), Central East (Durham region), Toronto Central (the downtown area) and Mississauga-Halton.
(Courtesy The Toronto Star)