The ’12 Pubs of Christmas’ should be abandoned by the public as increases the Irish tendency to binge drink over the festive season, a leading organisation has claimed.
Meas (Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society) urged people not to take part in the pub crawl, and said people should be aware of medical effects associated with consuming alcohol over a long period of time.
“Of course, ‘tis the Season to be jolly, but this kind of pub crawling needs to be dropped,'' said MEAS Chief Executive Fionnuala Sheehan.
“I would appeal to individuals to accept their responsibility to treat alcohol sensibly and responsibly,” she said.
More than five standard drinks in one sitting can increase the harmful effects of drinking.
The organisation believes this kind of festive indulgence feeds into the cultural problem associated with how some people drink in Ireland.
“In overall terms, we drink less often in Ireland than our European counterparts, but when we drink we tend to drink more and at a faster pace.
“Clearly the 12 Pubs practise exacerbates this ‘binge drinking’ pattern and this style of drinking,'' she added.
She appealed to Christmas revellers to abandon the ‘12 Pubs of Christmas’, saying it gave people an excuse to drink in an unacceptable way.
“A standard drink is equal to a glass of cider/lager, a small glass of wine or a pub measure of spirits.
“'Therefore if someone drank only one standard drink in each of the twelve pubs they seriously increase the risk of such harm,” she said.