In Ireland, a standard drink contains 10 grams of alcohol. Common examples of one standard drink are a glass of beer (284ml), a small glass of wine (100ml) and a pub measure of spirits (35.5). Find out more about standard drinks.
The law is complex. You must be at least 18 years old to buy alcohol in Ireland. If you are under 18 it is an offence to drink alcohol, unless you do so in a private residence and with the express permission of one of your parents or guardians. When you are under 18 it is also an offence to purchase alcohol or pretend you are over 18 in order to buy or drink alcohol. See garda.ie for full details.
Each year we are proud to partner with the Road Safety Authority (RSA) on our ‘Morning After’ public awareness campaign to highlight the potential dangers of driving the morning after drinking alcohol. The RSA strongly advises that any amount of alcohol impairs driving and increases risk – so the only safe advice is to NEVER EVER drink and drive.
If you are concerned about your drinking or someone else's drinking, there are a range of support services and helplines available. Visit our Support Services Directory to find a service near you.
Yes! We offer two interactive workshops nationwide (outlined below). They are roughly one hour in length, inlcuding a Q&A session.
Get in touch if you would like to book either workshop.
Yes, of course! We have a brand new range of information materials which we happily provide free of charge. You can place your order for printed copies here.
As you may be aware, Drinkaware is an independent not-for-profit organisation with a vision of an Ireland where alcohol is not misused. Drinkaware is governed by an independent board of voluntary directors who passionately support our mission to work with others to fundamentally and permanently change attitudes and behaviours so that drinking to excess and drinking underage becomes unacceptable.
We are funded by a range of supporters including producers and distributors of alcohol in Ireland. We have clear codes to ensure that our funding source does not compromise our operational independence. Read more about Drinkaware.
Our current funders are:
Absolutely. We are working hard to expand our funders and are inviting interested organisations to get in touch to help fund our work to reduce the misuse of alcohol in Ireland. Please contact us for more details.
We are always happy to hear from like-minded organisations who share our vision for an Ireland where alcohol is not misused. Please get in touch with Miriam to explore how we could work together in the future.