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100,000 alcoholics clinging to a rock?... Jersey among top nations for drinking levels

100,000 alcoholics clinging to a rock?... Jersey among top nations for drinking levels

Thursday 20 April 2023

100,000 alcoholics clinging to a rock?... Jersey among top nations for drinking levels

Thursday 20 April 2023

It's previously been said that Jersey is '100,000 alcoholics clinging to a rock'... but how true is that? According to a new report, the island is second only to Latvia for alcohol consumption when compared to OECD countries.

Released today, the Government's Alcohol Profile 2022 showed that the average alcohol consumption per Jersey adult in 2022 was 12 litres of pure alcohol per year – equivalent to around 8.1 pints of beer or 2.6 bottles of wine per week.


Pictured: The alcohol consumption averaged 8.7 litres per person across OECD countries, with Jersey's averaging at 12.0 litres 

Over the period 2014 to 2022, the proportion of adults who reported binge drinking at a frequency of monthly or more has stayed relatively constant (between 34% and 33%).

Alcohol played a role in almost one in six of all crimes recorded in Jersey in 2022. Around three in 10 (32%) assaults and serious assaults, one in nine (11%) of domestic assaults, and almost a quarter (23%) of offences in the St. Helier night-time economy involved alcohol.

However, the report also showed that the number of 16 to 34 year olds who are tee-total in Jersey has doubled between 2014 and 2022.

The full report can be read here.

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Posted by John Smith on
Forget building a hospital or controlling immigration - we've finally found something we can excel in!
Posted by Isabel Jeune on
It's no surprise to read about Jersey's high number of alcohol consumers, and I doubt very much that these are mainly local people. Given that the Island has the highest proportion of Eastern European nationals, outside of the EU, who are know for their love of alcohol, I am not at all surprised. Portuguese are known for their love of wine and they make up 57% of the population. It's a pity that the Jersey Government, which allowed uncontrolled immigration, could see no further than Pound signs in the hospitality and retail industries, many of whom had money invested in these two industries. You reap what you sew.
Posted by Mike Pitman on
Somewhat insensitive headline....
Posted by Martin on
This alcohol problem seems to have partially ingressed into our Government as some Ministers seem to have forgotten what was said - & when - & where?

And even with time to reflect, uncertainty & selective amnesia seem to prevail!

Nasty stuff that alcohol!

At least the taxes from it are put "entirely" to good use by the Government!
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