As a nation, Ireland spent €6.3 billion on alcohol last year.
Petula Martyn from RTÉ's Morning Ireland has been exploring Ireland's relationship with alcohol.
The series looks at the future of the Irish country pub, the effects of alcohol misuse and the image of the Irish as drinkers.
Listen to all of the reports in the series here:
For those seeking help for alcohol problems, the following services are available:
HSE Drugs and Alcohol helpline: 1800-459-459 email@example.com
Rutland Centre: 01-4946358 firstname.lastname@example.org
Drink Aware: www.drinkaware.ie