Waterford kids drinking, smoking, taking drugs and having sex less: report
The number of children in Waterford drinking, smoking, having sex or taking drugs is declining, according to a new report.
The Health Behaviours in School-aged Children 2018 Study by researchers at NUI Galway is part of a wider World Health Organisation study into the health of children across the globe.
The report found however that there has been a drop in satisfaction and happiness, particularly among girls, while there has been a rise in the proportion of children who say they are being bullied.
A survey of 15,500 children was taken a cross the country during 2018 from over 250 primary and secondary schools.
It found that 64% that they have never had an alcoholic drink and of those who had alcohol, just over half say they got it from a parent, guardian, sibling or took it from the family home, while another 30% sourced it from friends.
The study also claims 11% of children aged 10 to 17 have smoked while 22% said they had tried e-cigarettes.
There is also a reduction in the number of 15-17-year-olds who reported having sexual intercourse.
However, 30% reported having been bullied in recent months but only 16% having been a victim of cyberbullying.