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Prevalence Data

 How many people use alcohol and other drugs in Ireland?

Drug prevalence is the proportion of a population who have used drugs in a given time period.

The National Drug and Alcohol Survey (NDAS) collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption and drug use among the general population in Ireland. It also surveys people’s attitudes and perceptions relating to tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use and records the impact of drug use on people’s communities. The 2019–20 NDAS collected information from 5,762 people aged 15 years and older across Ireland.
The 2019–20 Irish National Drug and Alcohol Survey: main findings report
National population surveys have taken place in Ireland, every four to five years since 2002. Click this link for prevous national survey reports,
The main purpose of the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is to collect comparable data on substance use among European students aged 15 and 16 in order to monitor trends within, as well as between, countries. The 2019 wave of the ESPAD survey marked the 7th occasion that Ireland has participated in this collaborative international project. Findings were published in November 2020.
2019 ESPAD survey European results
2019 ESPAD survey Irish results

2016 ESPAD survey European results
2016 ESPAD survey Irish results and ESPAD summary article from Drugnet Ireland 60 and 2016 ESPAD summary article of Irish results
The Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study 2018 is the sixth time that data of this kind have been collected from young people (school going children aged 9-18 years) across the Republic of Ireland. Substance use questions cover tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use.

Trends in health behaviours, health outcomes and contextual factors between 1998-2018: findings from the Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Study.

Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study 2018 
HBSC Ireland 2014: alcohol and cannabis use in school-children in Ireland.

Growing up in the West. Planet Youth county reports 2020, published April 2021 - Galway, Mayo, Roscommon.

State of the nations children: key findings 2020 and children's outcomes