Young Irish people have the highest rate of binge-drinking in the EU, with more than a quarter of young men and women drinking heavily at least once a week.
A quarter of men and more than 15pc of women aged 18 to 24 in Ireland engaged in binge-drinking at least once a week in 2014.
Binge-drinking is defined as ingesting six or more drinks at a time, equivalent to three pints of beer or six pub measures of spirits.
The figures released by the Central Statistics Office show binge-drinking rates among men are more than double the EU average of 11.7pc for this age group.
Source:Laura Lynott, Independent.ie, 19/10/17