Today, October 24th, was the launch of the latest Healthy Ireland Survey. This was the third wave of results to come from the annual Healthy Ireland surveys. The Healthy Ireland Survey is a self-reported, interviewer-administered survey conducted with individuals ages 15 and over. Data was collated from 7,487 individuals from September 2016 to May 2017.
The key findings include: smoking is down 1% from 2015 figures to 22%; 76% of Ireland have drank alcohol in the past year, up 1% from 2016; the daily consumption of sugar sweetened drinks is up 2% from 2016 to 16%; 62% of Ireland is overweight or obese, up 1% from 2015.
This year, there is data on four new topics – active travel, sexual health, antibiotics and breastfeeding. 18% of Ireland uses active travel as part of their daily journey to work or education. 21% and 22% have had a HIV and STI/STD test, respectively, in their lifetime. In the previous 12 months, 39% were prescribed antibiotics. 49% of those with children indicated that at least one of their children has been breastfed. However, there is a noticeable difference in breastfeeding rates when accounting for education achieved – 74% of parents with a university degree have a child who was breastfed compared to 34% of parents who left school before completing their Leaving Certificate.