Binge drinking is a feature of drinking in the UK and Ireland
(and even more so in Northern Europe), with younger drinkers
and male drinkers more likely to be binge drinkers than
older drinkers and females.
ccommissioned by the HPA in 1999 to find out more about the
drinking habits of 18-75 year olds in Northern Ireland confirmed
this pattern. As part of the survey, current drinkers were
asked to complete a drinking diary covering the previous
seven days. Men who exceeded 10 units (eg five pints of beer)
in any one session were classified as ‘binge’ drinkers.
Women who exceeded seven units in any one session (eg three
small pub bottles of wine or four alcopops) were classified
as having engaged in a binge drinking session.
research showed that nearly half (48%) of those men who
completed the drinking diary had binged in the week prior
to the survey and more than a third (35%) of women who
had completed the diary had engaged in a binge drinking
by age group shows that binge drinking is most common
in younger men and the incidence drops sharply as they
get older. More than seven out of ten (72%) 18-29 year
who completed the diary had engaged in at least one binge
session. The pattern for women appears similar to that
seen for men, with younger women much more likely to
older ones. More than half (57%) of 18-29 year old women
who had completed the diary had engaged in at least one binge.
September 2000 the Department of Health, Social Services
and Public Safety launched a Drugs and Alcohol Strategy
for Northern Ireland. Following the publication of this
the Agency was commissioned by the Drugs and Alcohol Strategy
Team at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public
Safety (DHSSPS) to develop and implement a campaign to
address binge drinking in Northern Ireland.