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60% Of Men Drink Alcohol To Cope, Notes Drinkaware

By Donna Ahern
60% Of Men Drink Alcohol To Cope, Notes Drinkaware

Some 60% of men drink alcohol to cope, according to Drinkaware’s Annual Barometer for 2022.

According to the charity working to reduce and prevent the misuse of alcohol, men are drinking to cope, including to help with feelings of anxiety, depression or stress.

Men (59%) were also more likely to drink alone at home than women (49%), the data showed.

Chris Ó Lorcáin, director of communications, Drinkaware, commented, “Drinkaware wants to support and empower men who are looking to make positive changes for a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

“With 60% of men drinking alcohol to cope, we need to ensure that the public are aware of the impact alcohol can have on their physical and mental health and well-being, while also arming them with the resources and support they need.”


Less Aware

When researching awareness of alcohol-related harms, the 2022 Drinkaware Barometer found that, in most cases, men are less aware of alcohol-related harms than women.

One third of men are not aware that alcohol can cause disturbed sleep and headaches, while only half of men are aware that alcohol can contribute to the risk of foetal disorders, compared to three quarters of women.

Some 57% of men were, however, aware that alcohol can reduce sports performance, compared to 49% of women.

Average Age For First Drink


Men are also trying alcohol for the first time at a younger age than women, with the average age of their first drink being 15.3 years, compared to 16.3 years for women, the Barometer indicated.

This is significant, as people who drink alcohol at or before the age of 15 years are four times more likely to develop an alcohol dependence, noted Drinkaware. contains a wealth of free resources for anyone who is looking for information, advice or tips for healthier coping strategies that don’t involve alcohol.

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