NEW research by insurer Aviva has found that people in Louth drink excessively compared to residents in other counties in Ireland.
Broken down regionally, the study found that people in Louth and Dublin drink the most, at an average of 12 units a week.
Given an average pint of beer contains an estimated two units of alcohol, people living in Louth and Dublin are consuming approximately six pints of beer or cider or twelve glasses of wine per week.
This is twice the recommended level of one glass of red wine per day that has been found to have modest health benefits.
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 e2,000 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.”
The statistics were collected via the Aviva Online Health Check which was completed by 20,043 people between December 2008 and April 2011. Counties Carlow, Donegal, Kerry, Roscommon and Tipperary recorded the lowest level with an average weekly alcohol consumption of nine units.