€1 billion export contribution to over 100 markets
62,000 Jobs
The Drink Industry makes a major contribution to the Irish economy
The Drink Industry has a central role in Irish tourism         

Responsible consumption

The overwhelming majority of Irish people enjoy alcohol in a moderate and responsible way that enhances the quality of their lives – just as people do the world over.

There is a small minority of people who misuse alcohol. Alcohol misuse is not the industry’s best interests from any point of view.

Socially we have and are fulfilling our responsibilities to promote a more mature attitude to alcohol in Ireland. Economically, we know that increased levels of alcohol misuse will ultimately lead to further restrictions and regulation.


Since 2002 we have funded and supported Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society (MEAS).

MEAS has two key objectives: to foster responsible promotion of alcohol within the drinks industry and to promote the responsible consumption of alcohol among consumers.

While we do not pretend that MEAS and drinkaware.ie alone will address alcohol misuse, we do believe the substantial financial contribution we are making (€20 million over five years) is evidence of our genuine commitment towards responsible marketing, and the promotion of responsible consumption.


Read more

Please click on the links below to read more about MEAS and to visit drinkaware.ie:

Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society
The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland
Anglesea House, Anglesea Road,
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Tel: 01 668 0215
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