Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion today launched the Summary Report of the second Healthy Ireland Survey.
The second annual Healthy Ireland Survey of 7,500 people aged 15 and over living in Ireland gives an up-to-date picture of the health of the nation and reports on many lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental health. A number of new topics have been included in this year’s Survey which examine additional aspects of health behaviours and issues such as multiple risk factors and knowledge and attitudes about health behaviours.
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
- Fewer than 1 in 10 women takes a folic acid supplement with just 18% of women aged 25 to 34 doing so
- 18% of the population in Ireland is exposed to second-hand smoke on a daily basis
- While only 54% of people living in Ireland said they would be willing to live with somebody with a mental health problem, 83% of people said they would be willing to carry on a relationship with a friend who developed a mental health problem
- People spend 6 hours and 36 minutes sitting on an average day and while men generally spend longer sitting than women, younger women spend more time sitting than men of the same age
- Most people (63%) would like to be more physically active although many say that time pressure due to work or caring is a barrier