‘HARMFUL’ levels of alcohol consumption remain a feature among Jersey’s population, a new report has shown.
The latest Alcohol Profile shows that alcohol consumption has risen slightly in recent years, returning to the 2016 annual average of 12 litres of alcohol by everyone aged 15 or older – the equivalent of 8.1 pints of beer, or 2.6 bottles of wine per week.
The report also shows that ‘harmful’ drinking – which is classified through a scoring system rather than a set ‘units per week’ calculation – remains high in Jersey, with 25% of adults falling into this category, a fall of just 1% since 2016. One in three men were classified under the ‘harmful’ banner, compared with one in six women.
The report also showed that:
– Fewer Jersey adults were teetotal in 2022 (13%), compared to England (21%).
– In 2021, there were 725 hospital admissions specifically related to alcohol per 100,000 population, statistically similar to the English rate of 626 per 100,000. Two-thirds of alcohol-specific hospital admissions were males.
– Over the three-year period 2019-2021, the age standardised rate of alcohol-specific deaths per 100,000 population in Jersey was 10.9, statistically similar to the rate in England in 2017-2019 of 10.9 per 100,000 population.
– Alcohol played a role in almost one in six of all crimes recorded in Jersey in 2022, including around a third (32%) of assaults and serious assaults, 11% of domestic assaults and almost a quarter of offences in the St Helier night-time economy.