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Vancouver Canucks' Pius Suter (24) watches the puck go in the net past Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) during first period second-round NHL playoff action in Edmonton, on May 12.JASON FRANSON/The Canadian Press

What began as four opportunities to break Canada’s 31-year Stanley Cup drought is down to two: Edmonton and Vancouver.

As expectations for each remaining team ratchet up, sports fans are busy making plans to watch the rivalry unfold. For some, it means repping their team’s colours and showing up to a local pub or viewing party – regardless of whether it’s a Saturday or Tuesday night. And, often, it means lubricating your inner fanatic with the help of a couple alcoholic beverages. In 2017, when five Canadian teams advanced to the Stanley Cup playoffs, a national survey found 1 in 7 Canadians reported drinking alcohol more often than normal when their team was in the playoffs.

So, The Globe wants to know: has following your team in the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring shaped your drinking habits? Are you throwing recommended healthy consumption guidelines out the window in the name of hockey – drinking on weeknights when you wouldn’t normally otherwise, even as sober(ish) counterculture picks up momentum?

Share your story about whether the playoffs are changing your relationship with alcohol by filling out the form below, or by sending an e-mail at

Does your relationship with alcohol change during the NHL playoffs?

If you’re following the NHL playoffs this spring, we want to hear from you. Are you drinking during weeknight games or only during weekend games? Are you going out to watch games at the pub more than you normally would? If so, how is that changing your drinking habits? Has the amount of drinks you consume in a week gone up or down since the playoffs began? Share your experiences below.

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