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National Health Survey: Less smoking, but increased risky alcohol consumption
National Health Survey
National Health Survey: Less smoking, but increased risky alcohol consumption - 2019
26 June 2020

Summary

More than half of the population aged 18 or more (4.6 million) continue to have overweight (36.6%) or obesity (16.9%) in 2019 with a slight increase compared to 2014 (36.4% overweight and 16.4% obesity).
The majority of the population aged 15 or over (65.6%) did not practice any sports activity on a regular basis, with only 13.6% of those reporting practicing physical exercise one or two days a week, less 1.8 pp than in 2014. However, the number of persons who walk every day for transportation increased (from 2.5 million in 2014 to 3.0 million in 2019).
66.8% of the population with 15 years or more reported eating fruit every day and 41.7% vegetables or salads.
Only 0.5% reported not eating meat, fish, or any derived products; and 2.8% did not consume meat or meat products.
In 2019, 17.0% of the population aged 15 and over was a currently smoker, 3.0 pp. less than in 2014; 1.3 million people (14.2%) smoked daily and 248 thousand (2.8%) smoked occasionally. The tobacco consumption on a regular basis registered a ratio of 2.0 men for each woman.
About 6.2 million people reported having consumed an alcoholic drink in the 12 months prior to the interview: 1.8 million did it on a daily basis (14 p.p. less than in 2014). On the other hand, 2.6 million (more than 40% of the reference population) reported having consumed 6 or more alcoholic beverages on a single occasion or event (risky single-occasion drinking) at least once within the 12 months prior to the interview, corresponding an increase when compared to 2014 (33.2%).
8.0% of the resident population aged 15 and over (716 thousand people) had depressive symptoms and 1.9% (about 170 thousand people) had no one to turn to in case of a serious personal problem.


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