Drinkaware Research Reveals Men More Likely To Binge Drink Than Women

By Sarah O'Sullivan
Drinkaware Research Reveals Men More Likely To Binge Drink Than Women

The Drinkaware Barometer 2023 has found that 32% of male drinkers ‘typically’ engage in binge drinking when they drink, compared to 19% of women.

Drinkaware released the data during Men’s Health Week, highlighting the need to talk about the impact of excessive drinking thereon.

Harmful Drinking Patterns

Overall, data from the past several years has consistently shown that men tend to engage in harmful drinking patterns more than women.

Binge drinking is consuming six or more standard drinks – which include a half pint of beer (4.5% lager), a small glass of wine (100ml of 12.5% strength) or a pub measure of spirits (40%) – in one sitting.

The data also reveals that men are most likely to report drinking at home alone, with 38% of male drinkers admitting to doing so in 2023.


With 55% of adults saying that they drink for coping reasons, the figure peaks at 59% for men, compared to 50% of women.

Drinkaware wants to highlight that men prone to anxiety and low moods should be vigilant when it comes to alcohol consumption.

Positive Trends

However, as harmful trends emerge, so do positive changes in behaviour.

Some 39% of men reported wanting to drink alcohol less often, compared with 32% of women.

Half of all men who reported drinking less in 2023 agree that they are more conscious now of the potential harms of alcohol consumption.


Drinkaware wants to highlight the positive impact of the sober-curious lifestyle this Men’s Health Week.

Positive changes that one can expect include better sleep, a better overall level of fitness, weight loss, improved mood, and reduced anxiety.

Long-term excessive drinking can have negative implications, including on cardiovascular and sexual health and relationships, and cause financial strain.

‘A Longer And Happier Life’

Speaking about the results of the research, the chief executive of Drinkaware, Dearbhla O’Brien, said, “As always, data around alcohol is complex and often contradictory.

“However, data is showing a consistency of harmful drinking patterns peaking amongst males, and it is important to understand this in order to reach men ‘where they’re at’.


“This Men’s Health Week, we want to encourage men to evaluate their relationship with alcohol and support them in making more informed and healthier choices by highlighting the benefits of a more moderate approach.

“It’s crucial for men to understand the harmful consequences of excessive alcohol consumption, and we want to encourage men to examine their own drinking habits and drink within or below the HSE’s low-risk weekly alcohol guidelines.

“Encouraging men to prioritise their overall health and well-being through balanced diets, regular exercise, and moderate alcohol intake can contribute to a longer and happier life.”

For more information, research and data, including tips on how to moderate alcohol consumption, visit www.drinkaware.ie.

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