Éduc'alcool, an independent organization that encourages moderate drinking, found that Mauricie had the highest rate of excessive drinking in 2021 while Outaouais had the lowest rate of excessive drinking in the province this year. Nord-du-Québec was not included in the survey.
This means the mayor of Gatineau gets to keep "The Éduc'alcool Moderation Trophy" at City Hall until the next survey takes place in two years.
Here's the full list going from most moderate drinkers to most excessive drinkers:
Laval and Centre-du-Québec
Gaspésie-Iles–de-la-Madeleine and Chaudière-Appalaches
Estrie and Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Lanaudière, Laurentides, Capitale-Nationale and Montérégie
SaguenayLac-Saint-Jean and Côte-Nord
"This survey, which we have been conducting every two years since 2015, is not intended as a competition. It is designed to take a snapshot of drinking across Quebec and highlight the situation in each region," said Hubert Sacy, Éduc'alcool's director general, in a statement.
"We hope it will lead all Quebecers, wherever they live, to reflect upon their drinking habits and modify them, as needed."
In Montreal, people drink most in bars or while gambling, according to the survey. The survey also found that Montreal has the highest percentage of Quebecers whose drinking has had a negative impact on their friendships, social lives and family lives.
Montrealers are also most likely to mix alcohol with weed, along with folks in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean and Chaudière-Appalaches.
It also answers what's likely to be the first question that comes to mind: which of the two groups drinks more?
According to Éduc'alcool's data for 2021, Montreal francophones drink more — but not by much.
Here are some of the poll's findings, based on the responses of those surveyed:
Eighty-eight percent of francophones say they drank during the last year, compared to 79% of anglophones.
Sixty-eight percent of francophones say they drink alcohol once a week or more, compared to 54% of anglophones.
Anglophone drinkers say they have 1.7 drinks per week, but francophone drinkers have 2.5 drinks per week.
Forty-six percent of francophones say they exceed recommended limits once a month or more while 39% of anglophones say the same.
When it comes to drinking and driving, 45% of francophone respondents believed they may be stopped by police at a roadside sobriety checkpoint, compared to 55% of anglophones.
Éduc'alcool says francophones in Montreal drink more than those elsewhere in Quebec but, overall, Montreal is pretty on par with the province's averages, particularly when it comes to drinks per month and per week.
The exception is when it comes to the negative impact of alcohol on Montrealers' lives. According to this survey, the percentage of Montreal drinkers who think alcohol negatively affects their social lives, family lives and physical health is higher than Quebec's average.
In total, Éduc'alcool surveyed 1,200 people (500 francophones and 400 anglophones) in the Montreal region, for a total of 7,600 respondents across Quebec.
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For countless years, well-known spirits brand, Bombay Sapphire, has taken even the pickiest gin lovers on a delightful taste and sensory journey.
Recently, they set their sights on creating a diverse range of premium gins, the newest addition to which is Bombay Bramble — an eye-catching, crimson-coloured gin created with 100% natural fruit flavours.
Rather than using artificial flavours, colours and added sugar after distillation, Bombay Bramble is instead made with freshly harvested blackberries and raspberries for a rich fruit infusion and a bold new gin.
A versatile, ruby-hued gin with fruity summer flavours obviously sounds delicious, but does it live up to the hype? I decided to try Bombay Bramble for myself and share my thoughts.
First up, it's good to know that a 750 ml bottle of Bombay Bramble is widely available around Montreal. You can get it at the SAQ for $29.95, and it has an alcohol level of 43%.
I decided to try it by itself over ice first so that I could taste all of its subtle flavours. After my first sip, I noticed how dry Bombay Bramble is compared to the overly sweet (in my opinion) flavoured gins I'm used to. So on that front, I was pleasantly surprised.
As for its aroma, Bombay Bramble smells quite strongly of blackberries and raspberries, with subtle notes of juniper berry, coriander and a hint of lemon zest. The natural botanicals are expertly captured, giving this well-balanced gin a fresh, crisp taste.
The Ciel en Fête hot air balloon festival in Quebec is floating its way through Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu next month, accompanied by a host of activities, including yoga, a Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) picnic and an illuminated night show.
In the event of good weather, the hot air balloon festival will take place every weekend during the month of August.
The festival will host two free yoga sessions at dawn, where you can practice your downward-facing dog surrounded by breathtaking floating hot air balloons.
The SAQ'scinq à sept style Pique-nique découverte allows you to picnic beneath the balloon-dotted sky. Tickets include a basket with a selection of wines or bubbles from Quebec, paired with agrifood products from the region.
Night Glow on August 7 will create a hot air balloon spectacle under the stars, illuminated in the likeness of Chinese lanterns, which you can view through your car.
On several dates, two professional acrobatic divers will perform extreme dives from a hot air balloon in mid-flight — they'll be jumping 20 to 25 metres, equivalent to an 8-storey building, and diving into the water below.
Food trucks and beer will be available at the free Budweiser tailgate on August 14, where you'll be able to watch the Volaria aerial festival.
Reservations for each activity are required, but entrance is free for most events.
Ciel en Fête Festival
Price: Mostly free entry, but prices vary
When: Every weekend throughout the month of August — dates for each activity vary