Irish Women ‘Heaviest Drinkers’ In The World

Elaine Stenson
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Irish women are some of the heaviest female drinkers in the world, coming 4th in a league table of 189 countries.

A new global study also shows that 40 % of Irish people are classed as binge drinkers.

Only women in Lithuania, Moldova and the Czech Republic drink more than Irish women who have come fourth in a list of 189 countries.

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Overall, Irish people come fifth in the world rankings, drinking more than 13 litres of alcohol a year, according to the study in the Lancet medical journal.

The study also shows that 40% of Irish people are classed as binge drinkers.

The number of teetotalers is also dropping, going from 19% in 1990 to 9% in 2017.

The study estimates that by 2030, half of all adults in the world will drink alcohol – and almost a quarter will binge drink at least once a month.