The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and runs on a four-year cycle. In 2014, Ireland participated for the fifth time in the HBSC study (www.nuigalway.ie/hbsc). The study included 13,611 school-children from 3rd class in primary school to 5th year in post-primary school. Collectively, 230 primary and post-primary schools across Ireland participated in this study.
March 2, 2017 - 510.5 KiB
This report is based on the 2015 European Schools Project for Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Survey carried out in Ireland and is the sixth Irish data-collection wave of ESPAD. It is based on data from more than 1,400 Irish students surveyed in 2015. The most important goal of the ESPAD survey is to monitor trends in alcohol and other drug use among 15-16 year-olds and to compare trends between countries and groups of countries. It also provides the opportunity to observe the changes in these trends in Ireland over the six waves in the past 20 years.
September 21, 2016 - 3.9 MiB
The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) is a collaborative effort of independent research teams in more than forty European countries and the largest cross-national research project on adolescent substance use in the world.
The overall aim with the project is to repeatedly collect comparable data on substance use among 15-16 year old students in as many European countries as possible.
September 20, 2016 - 3.3 MiB
HBSC collects information on key indicators of health, health attitudes and health behaviour, as well as the context of health for young people. HBSC is a school-based survey with data collected through self-completion questionnaires administered by teachers in the classroom. Areas addressed include general health, smoking, use of alcohol and other substances, food and dietary behaviour, exercise and physical activity, self-care, injuries, bullying, including cyber bullying and sexual health behaviours. There was an overall decrease in reported levels of smoking and drunkenness and an increase in levels of never drinking between 2010 and 2014. Smoking, alcohol use and cannabis use were more commonly reported among boys and older children while social class differences were not evident.
December 17, 2015 - 684.4 KiB
Better Outcomes. Brighter Futures. The national policy framework for children and young people 2014-2020
Through the implementation of this Framework and supporting strategies, the Government aims to achieve a number of 'shifts’ over the 7-year period 2014-2020 to support the achievement of better outcomes for all children and young people: In the Framework the Government recognises the need to address our worrying patterns of alcohol consumption among children and young people in Ireland and to protect those affected by the harmful drinking of others.
April 24, 2014 - 2.0 MiB
This scoping exercise by NHS Soctland is intended to provide a national overview of the approaches developed and implemented to prevent or reduce harm to young people in Scotland caused by their own alcohol consumption. Information was gathered from practitioners in the NHS, Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs), statutory services and third sector organisations and is primarily intended to inform NHS Health Scotland programme planning, resource development and partnership working.
December 2, 2013 - 1.3 MiB
This fact sheet from EUCAM (The European Centre for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing) gives an overview of scientific studies measuring the effect of online alcohol marketing on the drinking of young people.
October 29, 2013 - 256.2 KiB
Eyes on Ages: A research on alcohol age limit policies in European Member States. Legislation, enforcement and research
The consumption of alcohol by adolescents is of concern for a number of reasons, like brain damage, alcohol dependence and an increased risk of an alcohol related death. In order to reduce the availability of the toxic substance alcohol, a higher compliance with minimum age limits for alcohol should be achieved. In turn, the higher compliance with the law will contribute to the prevention and reduction of the harm from alcohol use (specifically among adolescents). In this report an overview is given of age limit policies for alcohol in the EU.
October 29, 2013 - 1.2 MiB
The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) trends report presents findings on indicators of children’s health and well-being between 1998 and 2010. The report is divided into three main sections: health behaviours; health outcomes and contexts of children’s lives. Overall, there was a one per cent decrease between 1998 and 2010 - 29.3% to 28.3% - in the number of children who had ever been drunk.
October 29, 2013 - 958.8 KiB
The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has clear policy in relation to the sale and promotion of alcohol to young people and is calling above all for the introduction of a minimum pricing structure for the sale of alcohol in Ireland as well as a total ban on all advertising and promotion.
September 13, 2013 - 1.9 MiB