Youth aged 15 to 17 are major consumers of sugary drinks

Montréal, April 20, 2017. – Today, the Institut de la statistique du Québec released a Zoom santé bulletin about consumers of the different types of sugary drinks: soft drinks, fruit-flavoured beverages, and sports and energy drinks.

This survey revealed that four out of ten Quebecers regularly consumed sugary drinks. These were more likely to be men (52%) and youth aged 15 to 17 (63%). Sedentary individuals and regular smokers also fell into this category, as did those who considered their overall or dental health to be poor. It was observed that 39% of youth aged 15 to 17 regularly consumed fruit-flavoured beverages.

The findings revealed that half of Quebecers aged 15 and over were regular or occasional consumers of soft drinks. Regular consumers of this type of beverage were more likely to be men (33%) than women (19%), with a higher proportion being among those aged 45 to 64 (28%).

This survey drew upon data from the Québec Population Health Survey, 2014-2015, conducted by the Institut de la statistique du Québec at the request of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. For more information about this survey carried out among 45,760 people in 17 health regions of Québec, visit the website mentioned under Source below.


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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