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79% of drink drive incidents are committed by men

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On average, three drink drive incidents are recorded by Jersey police every week. That's 160 a year.

50 of those drink drive incidents have resulted in a road accident or crash.

According to the report, men are responsible for the majority of drink drive cases committed in the island - 79%. Mostly by 21 to 30-year-olds.

1 in 5 of all crimes in Jersey involve alcohol.


'More needs to be done' to tackle alcohol problems in Jersey

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.

Dr Susan Turnbull, Jersey's Medical Officer of Health, said while that's a pleasing start, the department still have a long way to go.

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


Excess alcohol causes 15 deaths a year in Jersey

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The findings of new report on alcohol consumption in Jersey show residents are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

Here are the key findings of the Jersey Alcohol Profile 2015.

  • Although alcohol consumption per capita in Jersey has fallen to an average of 12 litres of pure alcohol per year, the figure is one of the highest in Europe, significantly higher than the OECD average of nine litres
  • One in 10 people in Jersey report not drinking any alcohol
  • One in four drinkers were found to be drinking at potentially hazardous or harmful levels
  • An average of 15 people a year die from conditions directly related to alcohol consumption
  • Around 500 people a year are admitted to the hospital for a specific alcohol-related condition
  • At least 500 domestic violence incidents involving alcohol have been reported to the States of Jersey Police since the beginning of 2012.

However on a more positive side...

  • The majority of pregnant woman (94%) don’t drink alcohol
  • Fewer young people are drinking, and those who do drink less than their UK counterparts.

The profile covers a range of topics from drinking habits and behaviours of adults and children, drinking-related ill-health and mortality, alcohol pricing and alcohol-related costs. The report uses data from a range of sources including the Jersey Annual Social Survey, Hospital data and data provided by States of Jersey Departments.

– Marguerite Clarke, report author

Jersey people among heaviest drinkers in Europe

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Residents in Jersey are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

Figures released today show islanders' average alcohol consumption remains among the highest in Europe and developed countries.

Despite this, there's been a huge reduction in drinking in the past 10-years.

New evidence shows one in four islanders who drink alcohol do so at dangerous levels likely to affect their health.

There is definitely no room for complacency. We are still flashing red on some of the indicators, and hazardous levels of alcohol consumption continue to take their toll on adult Islanders’ health. However, there are certainly some signs of an improving picture. Jersey’s young people report mostly healthier lifestyles and are showing positive improvements in behaviours such as smoking and drinking, so there is hope for a healthier future.

– Dr Susan Turnbull, Medical Officer of Health