Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol Attributable Hospitalizations

By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

This page uses the Canadian Institute for Health Information indicator definition for Hospitalizations Entirely Caused by Alcohol. It should be noted that this will underestimate the total number of hospitalizations due to alcohol as conditions that are only partially attributable to alcohol use are excluded.

In 2020, there were nearly 1,650 hospitalizations among residents of Simcoe Muskoka ten years of age and older that were attributable to alcohol use. The age-standardized rate for these alcohol attributable hospitalizations in Simcoe Muskoka in 2020 was 291.3 (277.2, 306.1) hospitalizations per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 238.5 (235.9, 241.2) visits per 100,000 population. There was a significant increasing trend in alcohol attributable hospitalizations for both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario from 2011 to 2020.

By Sex

In 2020, the age-standardized alcohol attributable hospitalization rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 386.0 (363.1, 410.0) visits per 100,000, which was nearly double the female rate of 198.9 (182.3, 216.8) visits per 100,000.


By Age Group

The age-specific rate for alcohol attributable hospitalizations between 2016 and 2020 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among those 45 to 64 years of age at 422.0 (408.2, 436.1) hospitalizations per 100,000 population and this was significantly higher than the comparable provincial average for this age group. The Simcoe Muskoka age-specific alcohol attributable hospitalization rates were significantly lower than the provincial rates for adults 20 years of age and older.


​Between 2016 and 2020 in Simcoe Muskoka, male adults 20 years and older had significantly higher rates of alcohol attributable hospitalizations when compared with female adults and the relative difference between the rates increases with age.

By Income

For the period from 2016 to 2020 (combined), Simcoe Muskoka residents living in areas with the highest amount of material deprivation (as measured by the 2016 Ontario Marginalized Index) had more than double the rate of alcohol attributable hospitalizations when compared with those living in areas with the least amount of material deprivation.


Page last updated July 25, 2022