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Jersey's youngsters targeted in States' Alcohol Strategy

Jersey's States is focusing on teenagers as it sets out a plan to tackle the island's alcohol problems.

The government is keen on reducing the number of 14 to 15-year-olds who buy/or are bought booze (62%) and those in that age group who drink regularly (11%).

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Jersey's States focus on teenage drinking

Jersey's States is focusing on teenagers as it sets out a plan to tackle the island's alcohol problems.

The government is keen on reducing the number of 14 to 15-year-olds who buy/or are bought booze (62%) and those in that age group who drink regularly (11%).

This comes as the States' Alcohol and Licensing Strategy reveals the stark alcohol related problems facing the island.

The key issues include:

  • 4,000 alcoholics in the island
  • Up to 12% of islanders with a drinking problem
  • Up to 50% more alcohol related deaths in Jersey than the UK
  • Alcohol accounts for 2% of all deaths in Jersey

Jersey's mounting alcohol problems are costing the island's hospital £2 million a year.

Now the States is examining a range of measures aimed at tackling the issue. They include relaxed licensing hours for bars and pubs, minimum unit pricing on alcohol and greater education on the dangers of drinking.

It is hoped a fresh approach will be in place in 2016.

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