Almost 30% of Irish people are binge drinkers, survey reveals

Only one in four Irish people get their five-a-day, and nearly 30% of us are binge drinkers.

That's according to the latest Healthy Ireland survey which also shows 42% of people eat six or more portions of snack food a day.

The figures suggest one in four Irish people smoke, while 59% say they are too busy to do more exercise.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health commented that “While we have made progress in some areas in the last few years, rates of tobacco consumption, alcohol usage, food consumption patterns and physical inactivity are leading causes of increases in chronic conditions."

The Ipsos MRBI survey also suggests half of all people have had mental health problems - with mental health being better among young people (under 25) than the very old. (over 75).

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