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Ireland. Department of Health. (2015) Healthy Ireland survey 2015 - summary of findings. Dublin: Department of Health.

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The Healthy Ireland Survey is an interviewer-administered survey with interviews conducted on a face-to-face basis with individuals aged 15 and over. The initial wave of this survey involved 7,539 interviews. Fieldwork was conducted between November 2014 and August 2015.



  • 23% of the Irish population aged 15 and over are smokers. 19% are daily and 4% are occasional smokers
  • Smoking levels are higher amongst those living in the most deprived areas and in lower social classes
  • The majority (63%) of smokers are trying to, planning to or considering quitting
  • More Irish adults are now ex-smokers (28%) than current smokers (23%)



  • 76% of the Irish population drink alcohol, with 53% of drinkers doing so at least weekly
  • Men are more likely to drink than women, and those aged 25-64 are more likely to drink than those younger or older than this
  • Almost 4 in 10 (39%) drinkers binge drink on a typical drinking occasion with over a fifth (24%) doing so at least once a week
  • Lower levels of drinking in more deprived areas and lower social classes, but higher levels of binge drinking
  • 15% of those drinking at harmful levels felt in the past 12 months that their drinking harmed their health, and 22% felt they should cut down on their drinking

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