Ireland needs to examine and assess its deep-rooted cultural norm relating to alcohol, according to a Drinkaware survey, which shows that more than one in five adults are classified as a hazardous drinker.

The Drinkaware Index 2019 report found that nearly 75% of people believe drinking to excess is part of Irish culture.

Over a third of under 25s say they binge drink on a weekly basis and most drink alcohol as a coping mechanism.

It also found that 44% of adults drink alcohol on a weekly basis.

The survey found that just 2% of people are aware of the low-risk alcohol guidelines.

Binge drinking is classified as having more than six standard drinks in one sitting.

A standard drink is half a pint of beer, a 100 ml glass of wine, or a 35.5 ml pub measure of spirits. 

The research was conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes on 1,000 people.