The Healthy Ireland Survey 2018

The Healthy Ireland Survey 2018 provides a detailed overview of health in Ireland, looking at smoking, tobacco packaging, alcohol, diet and nutrition, general health, oral health, health service utilisation, and health behaviours and inequalities.

In its fourth year, the annual survey found:

  • 20% are a current smoker, with 17% of them being daily smokers. This has fallen from 23% in 2015.
  • 37% of drinkers say they drink six or more standard drinks (binge drinking) on a typical drinking occasion.
  • Over a third (37%) report they consumer at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • A gender gap in self-reported good health exists among those aged 55 to 64. 81% of women in this age group perceive their health to be good or very good, compared to 73% of men.
  • 47% have visited a dentist during the past 12 months, with 65% of those visiting doing so for a check-up.
  • 74% have visited a GP in the past 12 months, with an average of 3.8 visits per person among all aged 15 and older.

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