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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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Disney star Debby Ryan was arrested for drunk driving in April, and she finally received her sentence today.

According to E!, the actress was driving around LA when she crashed into another car. LAPD confirmed that the 23-year-old was then arrested on a felony DUI, however her offence was reduced to two misdemeanour counts of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level above .08.

Later that week, Debby took to Twitter to apologise to her fans.

"Over the last few days I have had the chance to think about my actions, and I wish I had used better judgement.

"I recognise that I am a role model and have always worked hard to set a good example for my millions of fans. I am so sorry to disappoint everyone."

Today, Debby pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and she was sentenced to three years probation. She will also need to complete three months in a DUI program and community service.

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John Stamos was arrested in Beverly Hills last night for driving under the influence. The report has been confirmed by a media release from the Beverly Hills police.

According to the report, police received a number of calls about a possible drunk driver in an area of Los Angeles. Officers stopped the 51-year-old and took him to a nearby hospital to treat a potential medical condition.

It wasn’t long before doctors discovered that the ER star was under the influence and as a result, Mr Stamos was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

The actor was previously married to actress and former model, Rebecca Romijn. The blonde bombshell plays Mystique in the X-Men franchise, before Jennifer Lawrence took over the role to play the younger version of the character.

The couple divorced in 2005 after seven years of marriage. John has also admitted to dating Hollywood beauties Denise Richards, Heather Locklear and Teri Hatcher.

He is scheduled to appear in court in Los Angeles on September 11th to answer to the drunk driving charges. 

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