Year: 2005 Source: Drug and Alcohol Review, v.24, no.3, (May 2005), p.203-208 SIEC No: 20060965

This paper aimed to estimate the relationship between alcohol consumption & suicide in Canada & to put the results in a comparative perspective. The relationship was elucidated for all of Canada, different provinces, & for men & women. The total suicide rate in Canada increased significantly by around 4% as alcohol consumption increased by one litre per capita. The relationship was stronger for women than for men. A non-significant statistical effect was found in all provinces except Quebec. Results only partly support the idea that intoxication frequency explains national differences in the relationship of alcohol & suicide. Possible explanations for the stronger association among women are also discussed. (30 refs.)