Islanders in Jersey: heaviest drinkers in Europe

Residents in Jersey are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

Figures released today show islanders' alcohol consumption is second only to that of Lithuania.

People are drinking less than a decade ago, but one in four are still consuming alcohol at levels harmful to their health.

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Research supports increasing alcohol duty

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New research into alcohol consumption shows increasing duty helps decrease the amount of alcohol people drink.

Studies show, raising alcohol prices has the biggest impact on heavy drinkers and young people binge drinking.

It comes as a new report shows islanders in Jersey are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

The report supports global evidence that fiscal measures to increase the price of alcohol, such as escalating duty, have an impact on reducing consumption. Locally, our reducing trend in consumption coincides with an increasing trend in prices of alcoholic drinks. This has the greatest impact on those who drink the most, and on young people’s binge drinking.

– Martin Knight, Head of Health Improvement

This report will be very useful in informing and supporting firm measures within the next stages of Jersey’s Alcohol Strategy, which aims to reduce the harm caused by alcohol misuse.

– Senator Andrew Green, Health Minister

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