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We all love a girls night out on the town, but this new survey has given us a bit of a jolt. New statistics have shown that Irish women placed fourth in a table of 189 countries investigating heavy drinking.

Basically, we are some of the biggest binge drinkers in the entire world…Let that sink in. The global study shows that 40 percent of Irish people are genuinely classed as binge drinkers, which is shocking.

The large shift in recent years from drinking in bars and pubs to to purchasing alcohol in supermarkets and off-licences has accounted for the majority of alcohol sales in Ireland. Home consumption makes it far more difficult to keep track of your drinking.

Overall, including men and intersex people, Ireland ranks fifth in the world rankings of drinkers.

Only women in Moldova, Lithuania and the Czech Republic were found to drink more than Irish women. The Irish drink over 13 litres of alcohol each year, according to the Lancet medical journal.

Ireland has the second highest rate of binge drinking in the world, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), and this was confirmed by the Healthy Ireland (2015) survey.

'The National Alcohol Diary Survey', carried out by the HRB, found that 75 percent of the alcohol consumed in Ireland in 2013 was done through binge drinking. Alcohol intake in this country is typically underestimated by around 60 percent.

The study also showed that the number of teetotaliers is actually dropping, going from 19 percent of the nation in 1990 to just nine percent in 2017.

Research estimates that by 2030, half of all adults in the entire world will drink alcohol. This is a major change from the past, when people refrained for health or religious reasons. Nearly a quarter of the population will binge drink at least once a month.

According to Alcohol Ireland, binge drinking is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as six or more standard drinks in one session, which is the equivalent of three or more pints of beer or six or more pub measures of spirits."

Through binge drinking, people are far more likely to make errors in judgement, engage in violence, drive while drunk or experience negative mental health side effects.

Be careful, ladies (and gents), and brush up on your knowledge of the standard drinking amounts. If you're binge drinking at home, it's important to know the risks.

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A gorgeous and powerfully vivid collection of essays written by Emilie Pine has won the An Post Book of the Year for 2018.

Notes to Self sees Pine writing on a variety of important moments in her life, including sexual assault, fertility problems, sexism in the academia sector, feminism, depression and addiction.

Published by Tramp Press, the book has been widely read around Ireland since it's publication, and has deeply resonated especially with women nationwide who relate to the stark and emotional work.

Emilie tweeted her joy at hearing the news, writing on Twitter: "Delighted and honoured to win Book of the Year 2018….Thank you to everyone who voted."

She also paid tribute to Tramp Press for commissioning the work, which tugged at the heartstrings of Irish women and men nationwide with it's brutal and visceral honesty.

The An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018 was handpicked by a public vote from a list of category winners which were recently announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards.

The esteemed prize boasts previous winners such as John Crowley's Atlas of the Irish Revolution, written with Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and Dr. John Borgonovo, Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, Academy Street by Mary Costello, The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, Belinda McKeon's Solace, Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding and Asking For It by Louise O'Neill.

Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards Maria Dickenson said; “Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self was one of the great stories in Irish bookselling in 2018 and I’m delighted that the voting public has chosen it as the An Post Book of the Year."

"The power and honesty of Emilie’s essays have captivated readers, and it’s truly gratifying both to see her talent rewarded and to see an Irish publisher like Tramp Press receive this well-deserved recognition," she continued.

Readers of the book couldn't put the engrossing work down. David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, commented on Emilie's wonderful win,

“2018 was a huge year for Irish writing and no book illustrates better why An Post is delighted to sponsor the Irish Book Awards: Emilie Pine’s book, a challenging read, is deeply human and Irish, emotional and clever. An Post thanks all the voters for engaging with the Awards in such large numbers.”

The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to a wide range of readers, bringing together a massive community who are passionate about writing. Readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians unite to recognise Irish talent.

Congratulations to Emilie on her deserved achievement, we can't wait to consume her next piece of beautiful and fearless writing.

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