Do we drink and smoke more or less today than we used to?

Here is the answer: from year to year we drink and smoke less than we used to! According to Central Statistics Office data (from 1995 to 2015), alcohol consumption in Ireland is in a downtrend. The highest consumption, above 14 litres of pure alcohol per capita (aged 15 years and over) was from 2000 to 2002. In years 2013, 2014 and 2015 consumption has fallen to 11 litres or less, as can be seen on graph below. The data are based on sales of beer, cider, wine and spirits.

Smoking is in a stronger downtrend: the peak value was in 1999 (2.359 cigarettes per capita), while in years 2013 to 2015 it was about 900 cigarettes per capita as can be seen on graph below. Cigarette consumption doesn’t take into account ‘roll your own’ cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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