This EU report on binge drinking makes sobering reading for Irish men and women
Irish people came out on top in the 18-24 list.
A survey conducted by the Central Statistics Union (CSO) regarding binge drinking in the European Union has found that Irish people aged between 18-24 had the highest rate in 2014.
The data for that year was released on Wednesday and shows that more than a quarter of men and more than 15% of women in that age bracket engaged in binge drinking in Ireland at least once a week.
Binge drinking is defined as having six or more standard drinks in one session, which is the equivalent of three pints of beer or six pub measures of spirits.
— Central Statistics Office Ireland (@CSOIreland) October 18, 2017
The average EU standard for the male gender of that age bracket is 11.7% but Irish men come in at over double that on 26.8%, nearly a full percent more than second-placed Belgium.
Furthermore, the average for women is 4.3% but Irish women aged between 18-24 binge drink almost four times the amount with 15.5% saying they had a heavy episode of drinking at least once a week.
Irish men in the 24-64 age bracket are on a level platform with Finland on 21.2%, just behind first-placed Romania on a total of 23.2%.
However, Irish women top that age group with 6.5% of drinkers admitting to having six or more standard drinks at least once a week.
When measuring all ages from 18+, Ireland's men (20.8%) and women (6.8%) took the number one spot once again.
When the two genders were combined, 21.4% of the youngest bracket admitted to binge-drinking, 13.8% of drinkers in the 24-64 age bracket have six or more standard drinks at least once a week and 13.7% from 18+ admitted to heavy episodes of drinking.
Cyprus, Latvia and Italy were among the countries with the lowest number of binge-drinkers.