Chief Medical Officer's annual report

Northern Ireland’s Chief Medical Officer's annual report considers how lifestyle choices affect health and well being.

Download the report

You can download the full report at the link below:


Smoking is responsible for more deaths each year than drugs, alcohol, road accidents, obesity and suicide combined.

Vaccination programmes

Two vaccination programmes provide protection against the different strains of meningococcal disease, which can cause meningitis (an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord) and septicaemia (blood poisoning), which are serious and potentially fatal illnesses.


In Northern Ireland, almost one in five adults consume alcohol at levels above the previous guidelines:

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