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Irish Alcohol Rates Are Second Highest In Stress Levels Survey

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01:53 7 Apr 2021


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Ireland has one of the highest rates of alcohol consumption in the world, coming second out of 34 countries.

A new survey on Ireland's health habits also found over half of 18 to 34 year olds in Ireland claim to feel regularly stressed.

Pandemic Impact Is Quite Minor

This survey comes from market research association WIN International.

Red C is the Irish member.

It asked Irish people about their health habits over the past year.

It found that overall, the pandemic has had a limited impact.

So stress, exercise and sleep levels are all similar to before Covid.

60% of people say they sleep well.

However over half of 18-34 year olds now claim to regularly feel stressed.

Ireland's Stress Levels Higher Than Average

Richard Colwell Chief Executive Red C research says this seems to be a particular problem for Ireland:

"Now that compares to just 35 percent when you look at the global average."

He says Ireland seems to have more of an issue around stress than elsewhere.

One in 6 people say they smoke regularly.

While just under a third say they regularly drink.

That gives Ireland the second highest rate of alcohol consumption out of 34 countries.

Stress Levels High But Most People Are Healthy

Five years ago, author of 'Soberista', Kate Gunn, gave up alcohol for a 30-day challenge.

She never went back to it.

"It makes my anxiety worse, it takes longer through the working week to get over it."

"So you're very sluggish."

She says there are lots of things "that we just live with" due to the drinking culture.

But it's not all negative, almost three quarters of people say they're healthy or very healthy.

So that's rising to 80% of for 18-34s.


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