Current research projects

All stakeholders involved in addressing alcohol-related harm agree on the importance of evidence and the value of cross-analysis of all available data, which is why we openly invite access to our research data. At Drinkaware, we also seek to collaborate with others on research projects that can deepen the collective understanding of the behaviours, attitudes and motivational drivers of alcohol misuse in Ireland and the collective response to reduce its impact. Read on to learn more about our previous and current research projects.

Drinking behaviours and attitudes in Ireland in the context of COVID-19

Following completion of our most recent annual Barometer in May 2020, we are currently working in collaboration with B&A on further analysis. We will develop a series of papers on key issues/topics (e.g. families, young adults etc.) in order to provide a fuller picture of the impact of the pandemic on alcohol consumption in Ireland.

Understanding (intentional/unintentional) Binge Drinking at Home in Ireland

Conducted with support from Amárach Research

In 2019, we began a programme of research to explore the views and experiences of at-home drinking and (intentional/unintentional) binge drinking at home among Irish adults. The objective was to further investigate the data from the Drinkaware Index (2019) by gathering insight into the experiences of at-home drinking to create a better understanding of its prevalence and drivers exploring the gaps in knowledge among Irish adults on binge drinking. A series of qualitative, semi-structured focus group discussions were conducted with a sample of Irish adults (n=39) between October and November 2019.

The findings provide an extensive suite of qualitative data on Irish adults’ experiences of at-home drinking and their intentions surrounding at home drinking. They provide vital learnings into the specific gaps in knowledge on binge drinking among a sample of Irish adults. The empirical evidence gathered will also be crucial to understanding the mindset of Irish adults’ home drinking prior to the current COVID-19 crisis as well as providing data on how it may be better managed post-crisis.

Download the executive summary

Evaluation of Drinkaware’s junior cycle Alcohol Education Programme

Led by Professor Sinéad McGilloway, Founder and Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research at Maynooth University Department of Psychology, in collaboration with Dr John Weafer of Weafer and Associates.

This three-year independent longitudinal study on the effectiveness of Drinkaware’s manualised junior cycle programme was initiated in 2018 and was completed in 2021. The objectives of this mixed methods study are to:

  • Asses the nature, extent and experience of alcohol use amongst a sample of junior cycle students in post-primary schools throughout Ireland.

  • Investigate attitudes and beliefs towards, and knowledge of, alcohol amongst the students.

  • Assess the perceived effectiveness, experience and acceptability of the AEP in the school setting amongst bother students and teachers.

Download the Year OneYear Two  and Final Year Three evaluation summary reports

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