Fall in sugary drinks consumption in Irish schoolchildren

Findings from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study show a fall in sugary drink consumption in Irish schoolchildren from 1998 to 2014.

The HBSC study is carried out in the Republic of Ireland and other European Union countries every four years. The most recent data was collected in 2014. Data is collected through self-reported questionnaires. One of the questions contained in the survey examines sugary drink consumption.

In the period 1998 to 2014 sugary drinks consumption has decreased in Irish schoolchildren. In 1998 1.7% of children reported never drinking sugary drinks and 34.8% reported drinking more than one sugary drink per day. In 2014 10.7% of children never consumed a sugary drink and 7.7% consumed more than one sugary drink per day.

Some other interesting findings include:

  • A higher percentage of boys consumed sugary drinks in comparison to girls.
  • Sugary drinks consumption increased with age in children aged between 10 and 17 years old.
  • Sugary drinks consumption was higher in children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in comparison to children from higher socioeconomic backgrounds.



Posted: 27/03/2017 11:40:47 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Children, Sugary drinks


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