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Ipsos MRBI. (2021) Healthy Ireland survey 2021 summary of findings. Dublin: Government Publications.

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This is the seventh summary of the findings from the Healthy Ireland survey. A representative sample of 7,454 people aged 15 and older, living in all regions of Ireland, were interviewed between October 2020 and March 2021.


Alcohol consumption

  • 66% of people have consumed alcohol in the previous 6 months, with those aged 15-24 (70%) and men (68%) most likely to do so
  • 37% of the population aged 15 and older drink alcohol at least once a week. This compares to 41% in the previous measurement in 2018
  • 15% of the population (22% of drinkers) binge drink on a typical drinking occasion. This compares to 28% (37% of drinkers) in 2018
  • 84% of the population (and 90% of women of reproductive age) correctly identified drinking during pregnancy as unsafe



  • 18% of the population are current smokers, a decline of 5 percentage points since the first wave of this survey in 2015 and roughly equivalent to smoking levels in seen in 2018
  • 16% smoke daily and 2% occasionally
  • smoking in 25-34 year-olds has declined by 6 percentage points to 20% since 2019
  • 24% of 45-54 year-olds now have the highest prevalence of smoking (24%)
  • 44% of all who smoked in the last 12 months have attempted to quit
  • 27% of those who attempted to quit in the last 12 months were successful.
  • 4% of the population have used e-cigarettes, with those aged under 25 most likely to have used them
Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive
7 December 2021
32 p.
Government Publications
Corporate Creators
Ipsos MRBI
Place of Publication
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