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.
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