SURVEY: Irish women among heaviest drinkers in the world

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 percent 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 percent of Irish people are classed as binge drinkers.

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