Should it come as a surprise that air travel drives Canadians to drink?
A survey of more than 1,000 Canucks by Cheapflights.ca found 70% say they enjoy an adult beverage or two en route to their destinations, with 60% saying they like to make a pre-flight stop at the airport bar.
Long layovers also drive airport drinking for 26% of those surveyed, while 24% said the same about long delays.
As to why they drink, 27% said they like to celebrate getting away, 17% cited simple boredom, 15% reported that it’s all about socializing with travel companions and 11% said they drink because they’re anxious fliers.
The survey found that half of Canadian men prefer a beer at the airport bar, while 18% opt for wine and 14% hard liquor. Women chose wine (30%) and cocktails (27%) as their alcoholic beverages of choice at the airport.
As much as they love a drink on the plane, survey respondents aren’t always keen on paying for the privilege. The survey found that 13% of Canadians will have an alcoholic drink on any flight but that 32% of us will only do so when the drinks are free.
Eighteen per cent of men and 8% of women also report having been intoxicated in the airport or on a flight.
The survey also found that Canadians like to get an early drinking start on their vacations, with 30% of saying they’ve had their first drink before noon while on holiday. Some 15% of Canadians say they’ve started drinking before 10 a.m. on a getaway. You know who you are.