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Ireland. Department of Health. (2016) Healthy Ireland survey 2016 summary of findings. Dublin: Stationery Office.

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This report provides an overview of results from the second wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey, an annual interviewer administered face-to-face survey commissioned by the Department of Health.

The survey data plays a number of roles, including supporting the Department in ongoing engagement and awareness-raising activities in the various policy areas and supporting better policy development.

Some new findings in this year’s Survey results include:

  • While 90% of respondents know that alcohol is a risk factor for liver disease, only 27% of women are aware of the increased risk of developing breast cancer as a result of heavy drinking
  • The majority (55%) of men who drink, consume six or more standard drinks (“binge drink”) on a typical drinking occasion while fewer than 1 in 5 (18%) women drink to this level
  • 18% of the population in Ireland is exposed to second-hand smoke on a daily basis

Some of the other important findings include:

  • 84% of people living in Ireland say their health is very good or good although 28% indicate that they have a long-standing illness or health condition
  • 23% of the population are current smokers
  • 37% of drinkers indicate that they drink six or more standard drinks (“binge drinking”) on a typical drinking occasion
  • While 19% of people living in Ireland smoke on a daily basis, recruitment of new smokers continues at a high rate with 20% of those aged under 25 currently smoking
  • 67% of men and 39% of women aged under 25 binge drink on a typical drinking occasion
  • Approximately half of the people living in Ireland have had some experience of people with mental health issues
Date:October 2016
Pages:52 p.
Publisher:Stationery Office
Corporate Creators:Ireland. Department of Health
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Related URLs:
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption > Binge / risky drinking
B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
G Health and disease > Public health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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