In Ireland, one 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 (35.5ml). Find out more about standard drinks
No. In Ireland, we measure alcohol using standard drinks (10 grams of alcohol). In the UK, alcohol is measured in units (8 grams of alcohol). Always follow guidance from our Department of Health and the HSE. Find out more about standard drinks
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines binge drinking as the consumption of at least 60 grams or more of pure alcohol – the equivalent of six standard drinks – in one sitting, at least once a week. Find out more about the HSE low-risk weekly alcohol guidelines
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.
Drinkaware strongly supports official advice from Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána that any amount of alcohol impairs a person's ability to drive. We believe that the only safe advice is to never EVER drink and drive. Read more about drink driving in Ireland
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.
Drinkaware supports official guidance and advice from the HSE that no amount of alcohol at any stage of pregnancy is safe for your baby. Read more
The Adverting Standards Authority for Ireland is responsible for regulating the advertising, promotion and packaging of alcoholic drinks. If you would like to make a related complaint, please see the ASAI website.
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We offer two one-hour interactive workshops nationwide.
For more information, please email the team or call 01 443 1151.
We are always happy to hear from like-minded organisations who share our vision of an Ireland where alcohol is not misused. Please get in touch to explore how we could work together in the future.
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Drinkaware is the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol misuse in Ireland. Achieving this requires independence, ambition, trust, credibility and collaboration. Drinkaware is governed by an independent board of voluntary directors, who passionately support our mission, vision and goals.
Our work is made possible due to voluntary contributions from the alcohol and grocery retail industries, in addition to funding secured through our programmes. We have clear codes to ensure that our funding source does not compromise our operational independence.
Our current funders are:
Absolutely. We are working hard to expand our funder base and are always open to hearing from organisations who are committed to reducing alcohol misuse in Ireland. Please contact us for more details.