IRELAND'S reputation for heavy drinking is well deserved, according to a survey.
Not only did Ireland have higher rates of drinkers at risk of dependence, Irish people report needing to drink more alcohol than almost any other country to get as drunk as they would want to be.
The Global Drug Survey — which questioned more than 100,000 people around — also found that Ireland has the highest rate of people at risk of alcoholic dependence.
Poland had the next highest percentage.
Some 2,392 Irish people completed the online questionnaire, whose results also indicated that the Irish had highest rates of getting more drunk more often than the subject wanted to.
On the plus side, the survey also found that Ireland had the highest proportion of drinkers who want to drink less in the coming year.
The Global Drug Survey is an independent research organisation, founded by the respected academic Dr Adam Winstock.
If you think your own alcohol habits are a cause for concern, you can take the Global Drug Survey's online test here at One Too Many.