The HSE is calling for new labelling to highlight the amount of pure alcohol contained in the drink sold here.
A new report from the agency shows that a pint of beer contains almost 20 grams of pure alcohol, while a small measure of spirits contains about 10 grams and a bottle of strong wine contains over 80 grams of pure alcohol.
Dr Joe Barry, the HSE's public health consultant and chairman of the Alcohol Implementation Group, said it is important people realise just how much alcohol they are drinking.
“It is important for all of us to have information on the alcohol content of the drinks we consume.
“Existing labelling policies prevent us from knowing how much pure alcohol is contained in various products. Using this report you can calculate more precisely your alcohol intake.
“It would also be very helpful to have calorie information on labels. Alcohol is a major source of uncounted calories for many people,” he said.