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According to the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia about 23 per cent of women and 53 per cent of men in Halifax age 20 to 34 reported heavy drinking. (iStock)

The slogan for Alexander Keith, Halifax's famous brewery, is "those who like it, like it a lot," but a new report says people in Halifax are drinking more than most Canadians.

According to the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia about 23 per cent of women and 53 per cent of men age 20 to 34 reported heavy drinking.

Heavy drinking classified as five or more drinks on a single occasion.

The national average for men in that age group is 41 per cent.

John Finley, Doctors Nova Scotia President, said drinking too much can have adverse health effects.

"Heavy consumption of alcohol really predisposes to a number of things, most of those people tend to be overweight which will put you at a risk for cardiovascular and heart disease," he said.

John Adams, manager of the Kings College campus bar, said the amount of drinks people are consuming depends on the night.

"It's a university town, young population, lots of bars and pubs downtown. Alexander Keith was the mayor, there's a history of drinking in this city," he said.

Health professionals advise if you're drinking, do it in moderation.