Report shows one in five Irish adults classed as hazardous drinkers

21% of Irish adults are classified as hazardous drinkers, according to the 2019 Drinkaware Index.

The report, which was published today, also found that 23% are at risk of becoming hazardous drinkers.

The study highlights “a deep-rooted and broad acceptance of excessive drinking as our cultural norm” with 44% of people reporting weekly drinking.

The research found what Drinkaware called “worrying trends” in alcohol consumption for under-25s.

Over a third (34%) of under-25s report binge drinking on a weekly basis.

Binge drinking is classified in the report as having six or more standard drinks in one sitting. The figure is down at 18% when looking at the whole drinking population.

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Source: The Irish Examiner (online), accessed May 21st 2019