A new report published this morning suggests that Ireland's alcohol consumption is falling.

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland said the figures, compiled by the Business School of Dublin City University, show the amount of alcohol being consumed per adult in Ireland has fallen by more than 6% since 2001.

The group said the figures are based on information supplied by the Revenue Commissioners and the Central Statistics Office.

The figures show that there was a 6.7% decline in the amount of alcohol consumed per adult in Ireland between 2001 and 2006.

In 2001, 14.45 litres of alcohol were consumed per adult (defined as 15 years and older) in Ireland.

In 2006 that figure had reduced to 13.48 litres; a decline of 6.7%.