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Table 2 Alcohol consumption characteristics of players who were current drinkers (N = 864)

From: Alcohol use among amateur sportsmen in Ireland

Alcohol consumption characteristics Total N (%)
Mean (SD) yearly consumption of alcohol (litres of pure alcohol) 12.5 (16.8)
Average (SD) age when first full alcoholic drink was consumed (N = 853) 15.2 years (2.8)
Drinking > recommended weekly limit of 21 standard drink per week 270/864 (31.3%)
Age having first alcoholic drink  
≤ 15 years 540/847 (53.1%)
16-17 years 307/847 (36.3%)
18+ years 90/847 (10.6%)
Binge drinking among current drinkers  
Never binge 68/864 (7.9%)
Infrequent binge (once a month or less) 321/864 (37.1%)
Regular binge (at least once per week) 469/864 (54.3%)
Mean AUDIT score (N = 835) 11.9 (S.D.6.1)
No. (%) AUDIT score ≥ 8 624/835 (74.7%)
AUDIT Risk Level (Zones)  
No. (%) AUDIT Zone I, score < 8 211/835 (25.3%)
   AUDIT Zone II, score 8-15 411/835 (49.2%)
   AUDIT Zone III, score 16-19 117/835(14.0%)
   AUDIT Zone IV, score 20-40 96/835(11.5%)
Alcohol-related harms  
In last 12 months no. (%) of drinkers (N = 864) who reported: - that drinking harmed their work/studies 265/864 (30.7%)
- felt they should cut down on their drinking 334/864 (38.6%)
- damaged public property because of their drinking 187/864 (21.6%)
- in a fight due to drinking 272/864 (31.5%)
- missed time from work/college due to drinking 368/864 (42.6%)
- in accident due to drinking 168/864 (19.4%)
- been physically sick because of their drinking 570/864 (66.0%)
- felt that drinking harmed their home life/marriage/relationship 141/864 (16.3%)
- felt that they were verbally abusive due to their drinking 257/864 (29.7%)
- felt that drinking harmed your friendship/social life 140/864 (16.2%)
- regretted something said or done due to their drinking 588/864 (68.0%)
- felt that drinking harmed your health 314/864 (36.3%)
- attended A&E due to drinking 100/864 (11.6%)
In last 12 months reported:  
- at least one alcohol-related harm 757/864 (87.6%)
- at least six alcohol-related harms 294/864 (34.0%)