The Health Service Executive has recommended a 10% rise in excise duty on alcohol in the forthcoming budget.

A report published by the Executive today shows that alcohol consumption per capita has remained static in Ireland since 2003.

Alcohol consumption peaked in 2001 and 2002 at 11.2 litres of pure alcohol per capita.

A rise in excise duty on cider in 2001 and a rise in excise duty on spirits in 2002, came before a reduction from 11.2 in 2001 and 2002 to 10.6 in 2003.

Dr Joe Barry of the HSE claimed the figures showed that a raise in excise duty remained an effective measure to reduce alcohol related harm in this country.

Beer remains the most popular drink in Ireland, but its share of the market has fallen from 69% in 1986 to 51% in 2006.

The popularity of wine has increased significantly in the same period.