Ireland second in developed world at drinking alcohol - report

Ireland has the second-highest consumption of alcohol in the Western developed world, according to a report on health from the OECD which was released today.

Ireland has the second-highest consumption of alcohol in the Western developed world, according to a report on health from the OECD which was released today.

It also shows that we're just below average when it comes to the amount of money spent on health care.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's 'Health at a Glance' report places Ireland above the average for life expectancy for Western developed nations, at 79.5 years.

Infant mortality rates are below average, while Ireland comes sixth in the survey for the amount of adults who say their health is good, very good or excellent.

Health spending as a percentage of gross national income is 8.8%, just below the OECD average of 9%.

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