Health survey Northern Ireland. First results 2014/15.


• Key findings & introduction p. 5 & 6
• General health p.6
• Medicines p.8
• Mental health & wellbeing p.9
• Oral Health p.10
• Diet & nutrition p.11
• Obesity p. 12
• Breastfeeding p. 13
• Drinking and smoking p. 14
• Sexual health p. 15
• Use of computers for health reasons and public safety p. 17



Over three-quarters of respondents (77%) aged 18 and over drank alcohol. Males were more likely to drink alcohol (81%), than females (75%). The highest proportion of those that drink alcohol occurred in the younger age groups; 18-24 year olds (86%) and 25-34 year olds (86%). This compared with less than half of those in the 75 years and over age group (49%).



Around one-fifth of respondents (22%) were current smokers, the same overall smoking prevalence as the previous year (2013/14). There was no difference in smoking prevalence for males (23%) and females (21%) in 2014/15. Over the last decade smoking prevalence has decreased from 26% in 2004/05 to 22% in 2014/15. The proportion of both males and females that smoke also reduced during this period, (declining from 27% to 23% for males and 25% to 21% for females).


Quitting smoking

Almost 8 out of every 10 smokers (79%) have tried to quit smoking at some point. A larger proportion of respondents aged between 25 and 54 years have tried to quit. Two-thirds of current smokers (68%) are planning to quit at some point in the future, whether that be within the next month (14%), within the next 6 months (22%), or beyond (31%).


Electronic cigarettes

There was no difference between the proportion of male (15%) and female respondents (12%) that had ever used an electronic cigarette (14%), commonly referred to as vaping. The younger age groups were more likely to report having ever used an electronic cigarette. The majority (97%) of respondents who had ever tried an electronic cigarette were a current smoker or used to smoke on a regular basis………