BC not number one

Regarding Eileen Nattrass’ letter (Booze the problem PNR June 22), I am curious as to where she found the information to be able to say that in B.C. “we have the reputation of consuming the most alcohol in all of Canada”.

Regarding Eileen Nattrass’ letter (Booze the problem PNR June 22), I am curious as to where she found the information to be able to say that in B.C. “we have the reputation of consuming the most alcohol in all of Canada”.

I went online and found a 2008 article on the CBC website referring to a 2007 report by the Brewers’ Association of Canada that shows not only do British Columbians not consume the most alcohol, we’re not even close.

Ahead of us for total consumption, in order, were Yukon, Alberta, Quebec, Newfoundland, Ontario, and then British Columbia in sixth (well below the national average). In fact, in the four categories British Columbia did not top any of them — beer (11th), wine (third), spirits (seventh), and coolers (seventh). We are well below the national average in beer consumption, but we are above the national average in the other three.

I appreciate that the survey is four years old, but I have trouble believing that in such a short time we have increased our alcohol consumption enough to have become number one.

If Ms. Nattrass could share her source of information with us I would appreciate it.

It looks to me that we have some work cut out for us if we want to be number one. Thank goodness the summer is here.

Dan Green,

Central Saanich