They are fond of doing surveys here in Ireland to discover how “healthy” we all are.
They did one a while ago and for some reason that eludes me, they called it Wave 1. Now they have produced another report which is called – you’ll never guess – Wave 2.
Presumably the idea is to discover whether we are behaving ourselves and improving our lifestyles in accordance with the diktat of Public Health? Apparently things aren’t going too well?
“While 90% of respondents know that alcohol is a risk factor for liver disease, only 27% of women are aware of the increased risk of developing breast cancer as a result of heavy drinking” Fuck me but they’re obsessed with risk! Is that all they ever think about? It’s no wonder they’re a miserable shower of cunts.
“Obesity levelling out but 60% of people still overweight.” Overweight by whose standards? And if “obesity” is levelling out then there is no need to worry about taxes on suger? Yeah! Right!
“84% of people living in Ireland say their health is very good or good although 28% indicate that they have a long-standing illness or health condition“. In other words, 12% have a long standing condition but are healthy. Either the questioning was flawed or some people just aren’t obsessed with their health.
“37% of drinkers indicate that they drink six or more standard drinks (“binge drinking”) on a typical drinking occasion“. There are two ways to alleviate this non-problem. Firstly, stop using the term “binge drinking” – it’s a term concocted by Public Health to try to put us on a guilt trip. Secondly stop using this arbitrary limit on the amount we “should” drink. It’s a load of bollox.
I notice in Wave 1 they say that “fewer than 1 in 5 people now smoke“. So I would assume a figure of 19%? However in Wave 2 they say that “23% of the population are current smokers“. Woops? That’s a bit of a jump up the ladder, isn’t it? [*snigger*]
“While 19% of people living in Ireland smoke on a daily basis, recruitment of new smokers continues at a high rate with 20% of those aged under 25 currently smoking“. Hold on now…. they just said 23% are current smokers and now they’re saying 19%? Or do they mean that the 23% smoke currents [or raisins or even sultanas]? I’m getting confused. As for the yoof sparking up, well that’s what they get for making smoking an act of rebellion.
“18% of the population in Ireland is exposed to second-hand smoke on a daily basis” Er… “exposed”? What precisely does that mean? They walked past someone in the street who was smoking? And what does it matter anyway as it’s completely harmless. I might as well say I was “exposed” to a lorry or a tree recently.
“17% did not use any form of contraception outside of a steady relationship” So fucking what?
“Almost half the population is in a social club or organisation“. What the fuck? I’m a member of a Credit Union. Does that count?
“Approximately half of the people living in Ireland have had some experience of people with mental health issues” Only half? Surely nearly everyone has seen them on television, if not in the flesh?
They’re called politicians.