IRISH PEOPLE CONSUMED over 7% less alcohol last year than in 2012.
The latest figures from the CSO show that overall consumption has dropped by almost a quarter from its peak in 2001.
Consumption of all major types of drink are down, with almost 12% less spirits consumed in 2013 than in 2012.
The head of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland Kathryn D’Arcy says that the issue is not how much Irish people drink, it is how it is consumed.
“This issue is not how much we drink, but how we drink; and the industry wants to work with all of the relevant stakeholders to deliver an evidence-based approach to alcohol misuse.
“The 100,000 people employed by the drinks industry do not want to see alcohol misused. We want to be part of the solution. The time for evidence-based approach to misuse is now.”