LOUTH might be the Wee County but we are the biggest boozers in the country according to the results of new research.
A survey published last week by Aviva Health Insurance found that the average person in Louth spends an average of e2,136 on alcohol each year.
That was more than the two major population areas in the country, Dublin (e2,113) and Cork (e1,995).
More than 20,000 people filled in the questionnaire for the survey between December 2008 and April 2011.
The results show that on average people in Louth are consuming 12 units of alcohol per week.
That equates to six pints of beer or cider or 12 glasses of wine per week.
The weekly limit for men is 21 while for women it is 14 but it is clear from this latest study that many are consuming well and above that.
The research found that men are spending more than women with men spending e2,584 and women spending e1,807 respectively.
While the figures might suggest that publicans are continuing to coin it in despite the recession, the news came of something of a surprise to local Vintners’ Federation of Ireland member Paul O’Neill.
Paul, who runs the Glyde Inn in Annagassan said: “It definitely surprises men.
“I didn’t think the figure would be that much.
“People might think it’s a good sign for business but an awful lot of pubs have closed and that’s a result of the fact that a lot of people are now drinking from home.
“It is still very tough for publicans at the moment because the money is just not there to be spent. Daytime drinking is gone and the weekend is the only time most places have any trade,” he said.