Us Irish are well known for our questionable drinking habits, but the results of a new study by the Health Research Board are truly shocking.

According to the research, the average Irish drinker consumes 11 litres of pure alcohol per year.

That in itself mightn’t mean much, but when you convert it into pints of beer and bottles of wine things get really scary.

11 litres of alcohol equals 445 pints of beer, 29 litres of vodka or 116 bottles of wine per person per year.

And the bad news doesn’t end there.

The report also found that alcohol-related discharges from hospital cost Irish taxpayers €1.5 billion in 2012 – that’s more than 10% of the total amount spent on public healthcare that year.

The study stressed that it's not just what we drink that's the issue, but how we drink it as binge-drinking is still massive problem in Irish society.