Lowest level of alcohol consumption in Donegal

Donegal has among the lowest levels of weekly alcohol consumption in the country.

Donegal has among the lowest levels of weekly alcohol consumption in the country.

A report shows that Donegal people on average consume nine units of alcohol per week with the average person here spending €1,730 on alcohol per year.

The report from Aviva Health Insurance as part of Alcohol Awareness Month counties Dublin and Louth drink the most alcohol, consuming an average of 12 units per week, while counties Carlow, Donegal, Kerry, Laois, Roscommon and Tipperary reported the lowest level of drinking, at 9 units per week.

The statistics for this research were collected via the Aviva Online Health Check which was completed by 20,043 people between December 2008 and April 2011 and involved respondents answering a series of questions on their health and lifestyle habits.

Dr. Stephen Murphy of the Aviva Medical Council said: “People living in Ireland who are in work have a tendency towards a work hard, play hard lifestyle. Often drinking is used as a way to unwind after a busy week or to forget about the troubles of the day.

“Our research shows people are spending nearly €2,000 on alcohol annually, and also suggests that alcohol is being consumed excessively among adults. This is worrying behaviour, particularly as people tend to under-report their alcohol consumption and may be unaware that drinking has been linked to breast, liver and oral cancers.”