A report from the World Health Organisation has revealed that Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinking in the world.
The global status report on alcohol and health found that 39 per cent of all Irish people aged 15 and over had engaged in binge drinking, or “heavy episode drinking” in the last month.
The figures put Ireland ahead of Britain’s 28 per cent and just behind Austria’s 40.5 per cent, out of 194 countries.
Binge drinking is defined as drinking at least six standard drinks (60g of alcohol on one drinking occasion.
Men are more likely to engage in binge drinking with 62.4 per cent of male drinkers over the age of 15 saying they had engaged in heavy episode drinking in the last 30 days, compared to 33.1 per cent of female drinkers.
The report also confirmed beer as the alcoholic beverage of choice for Irish drinkers, followed by wine and then spirits.
Source: Michelle Hennessy, thejournal.ie, 14/05/14