This report presents the main findings on alcohol consumption among Irish adults from the 2007 Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN 2007) in Ireland. It expands on the results presented in the SLÁN 2007: Main Report (Morgan et al, 2008), presenting the findings on alcohol use in detail and providing European comparison data where possible. Different patterns of alcohol use are highlighted. The importance of the SLÁN findings for policy and practice are also considered. The SLÁN 2007 survey contained a series of questions relating to alcohol use. These included questions about frequency (how often) and quantity (how much) of alcohol consumed, as well as questions about alcohol-related harm.
Quantity of alcohol consumed was assessed by asking respondents how many standard drinks were taken, a ‘standard’ drink being defined as a half pint or a glass of beer, lager or cider; a single measure of spirits; a single glass of wine, sherry or port; or a bottle of alcopop (long neck).