Enjoy your weekend responsibly

If you’re planning to drink this St Patrick’s Weekend, do so responsibly and don’t succumb to the increasingly jaded “drunken Irish” stereotype. That’s the advice from drinkaware.ie which is encouraging people to get involved in the celebratory events taking place throughout the country.

drinkaware.ie is extending its ‘Reclaim’ awareness campaign to cover this year’s St Patrick’s Weekend festivities all around the country. ‘Reclaim Your Weekend’ is all about encouraging people to pace their drinking. By ‘pacing’, that is drinking less, and more slowly when drinking, we enable ourselves to get more out of our night and our weekend.

Speaking about the Reclaim Your St. Patrick’s Weekend initiative, Fionnuala Sheehan, drinkaware.ie Chief Executive said, “There are so many fantastic events planned right across Ireland to celebrate St Patrick’s Weekend that we are encouraging people to pace themselves when they are out celebrating, if they choose to drink alcohol.  By pacing their drinking and taking it easy on a night out, they’ll be in a much better state to get the most out of this St Patrick’s Weekend.”

“Although we’re drinking 20% less overall compared with a decade ago, when we drink we tend to drink too much and too fast. By following a few tips like planning ahead, eating well before going out, and  pacing yourself, this year’s celebrations will be all the more enjoyable and memorable.”

Tips for making the most of this year’s St Patrick’s Weekend:


  • Do More. There are loads of St. Patrick’s festival events happening; from céilís to road races. All the more reason not to make drinking the only activity.
  • Eat well if you’re planning to celebrate with a few drinks or at least have snacks or a meal with your drink.
  • Plan ahead. Before heading out, put aside some cash to cover your transport home so you can avoid making a late night visit to the ATM.
  • Set your pace. Pace yourself with water or a soft drink after every alcoholic drink to ensure you feel in top form for all the festivities.
  • The day after. The only real hangover cure is TIME. Even if you feel better after a ‘cure’ you still may not be fit to drive. Your body gets rid of roughly one standard drink – that’s half a pint or a small glass of wine or a pub measure of spirits – per hour.

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