Wednesday 21 March 2018

Irish antibiotics users soar above EU average

We take too many antibiotics here
We take too many antibiotics here
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish people take antibiotics significantly more than the rest of Europe, a new study shows.

The new Eurobarometer report, which is published in order to raise awareness about the use of antibiotics, shows that 43% of Irish people use them in comparison to 35%  to the rest of Europe.

This figure represents a 2% decrease since the last survey in less than four years.

81% of antibiotics taken were given my a prescription and most users are women.

Females represent 51% of those taking antibiotics, a significant jump over 35% of males who taken them in the last year.

The main reason for administering antibiotics was the flu and the second cause was bronchitis.

Older people over the age of 55 are the most educated when it comes to education on the subject and lowest in the 15-25 age group.

More Irish people rely on pharmacies as a trustworthy source at 54%, whereas just 47% our EU neighbours feel the same.

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