Nearly a third of 17- and 18-year-olds would be classed as risky or hazardous drinkers, according to the latest report from the major Growing Up in Ireland study.
Some 49 per cent of the 17/18-year-olds surveyed had tried smoking cigarettes, but only 8 per cent said they smoked daily.
The study is based on interviews with a cohort of more than 6,000 young people, repeated at various different stages of their youth.
The latest report, published on Thursday, found that one in 20 17/18-year-olds’ alcohol consumption would be deemed high risk or very high risk.
Some 80 per cent of teenagers’ parents expected their children to continue to higher education after secondary school, it found.
The study said the rates of adolescents who were overweight or obese was “concerning,” with a fifth of 17/18-year-olds overweight, and 8 per cent obese.
Growing Up in Ireland is a long-term study of several cohorts of children, interviewed at different stages of their youth. The study is led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Trinity College Dublin, and funded by the Department of Children, and Atlantic Philanthropies.
Source: Jack Power, The Irish Times, 30/07/20