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"Our research also shows a consistent lack of knowledge amongst the general public of the low-risk weekly guidelines"

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One third of people would like to cut down on their boozing

One third of people would like to cut down on their boozing

One third of people would like to cut down on their boozing

Almost one in three people who took part in a survey conducted by Drinkaware have said they would like to drink less often. 

A total of 30 pc of respondents to the 2021 Drinkaware Annual Barometer said they would like to cut down on their alcohol consumption, which is a rise of six pc on 2020.

And while this most recent data reveals a further positive shift and trend towards more mindful drinking, the charity highlighted other troubling facts that have been emerging.

They said that more work and greater collaboration and co-operation is needed as the number of those who drink on at least a weekly basis is steadily increasing (from 55 pc in 2021 compared to 44 pc in 2018) and levels of risky/hazardous drinking are still evident.

Some 22 per cent of those who drink have typically ‘binged’ when they have drank, according to the 2021 Barometer and levels of binge drinking have almost doubled amongst 18–24-year-olds (from 16 pc in 2020, to 31 pc in 2021).

Drinkaware said their identification of a more mindful drinking trend reflects the recent CSO figures that overall consumption in Ireland is moving in the right direction, however, they stressed that the data needs to be carefully interpreted.

Drinkaware CEO Sheena Horgan said: “Our 2020 Annual Report shows strong evidence of continued public interest in getting the facts around alcohol and understanding the harms associated with drinking, which is extremely positive.

“The tremendous increase in engagement across our social platforms and, with over half a million visits to the website, is evidence that Drinkaware’s approach to supporting people to make better decisions regarding their alcohol consumption is working.

“However, our research also shows a consistent lack of knowledge amongst the general public of the low-risk weekly guidelines, which is concerning, as they play a vital role in helping people understand the harms and support positive behaviour change.

“We strongly believe that to challenge this, and indeed to challenge the misuse of alcohol, more collaboration is needed from both civil society but also government bodies, educators, industry, and the media in order to meet this shared goal.”

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