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Almost half of all adults think that far too much alcohol is consumed on St. Patrick’s Day

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Two women in Dublin on St Patrick's day 2020. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two women in Dublin on St Patrick's day 2020. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two women in Dublin on St Patrick's day 2020. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The majority of adults agree that St Patrick’s Day contributes to negative stereotypes of Irish drinking culture, new data shows.

A survey conducted by research agency iReach Insights quizzed participants on their thoughts about Ireland’s national holiday before celebrations begin next week.

They found that 69pc of all adults think that St Patrick’s Day feeds in drinking stereotypes, with 75pc of adults aged over 55 agreeing with the statement.

Meanwhile, almost half of all adults (42pc) think that far too much alcohol is consumed on St. Patrick’s Day while 30pc said that they think people drink a lot of alcohol.

Despite this, a whopping 82pc of participants admitted that they were proud that St Patrick’s Day is celebrated beyond Ireland and around the world.

Those aged between 18 and 24 overwhelmingly agreed with this statement, with a 98pc of people in this group agreeing that St Patrick’s Day gives them a sense of pride.

Almost half of all adults (49pc) think that St Patrick’s Day parades are better abroad than at home in Ireland but two thirds (66pc) believe that the holiday and all its traditional celebrations portrays the country in a positive way.

45pc of Irish adults plan to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at home with family and friends, with 25pc gearing up to go to one of the many parades across the country on March 17th.

Just under a quarter (23pc) of participants said that they will go for drinks on the day while 18pc won’t be celebrating at all.

This year will mark the return of full St Patrick's Day celebrations, after two years of cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Parades will once again be held around the country to mark the occasion, Olympian Kellie Harrington and Paralympian Ellen Keane leading the celebrations in Dublin city centre.

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