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An alcohol-free picnic?
New measures to combat binge drinking
By Claire Peters
In response to a written question in the States, the Home Affairs Department has proposed a number of "immediate measures" to stop binge drinking.
How would you feel if you were having a picnic in a town park and the Constable came and confiscated your alcohol?
Or what about if the Magistrates Court shut down your local pub because they had served people who were drunk?
This could happen under new plans from the Home Affairs Department in an attempt to cut down on binge-drinking.
Pubs are not allowed to serve the "clearly drunk"
Binge drinking culture
Apart from being damaging to health, binge-drinking can be very anti-social.
Deputy Andrew Lewis, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs, said that whilst Jersey doesn’t face the same kind of problems many inner city areas in the UK do, there is a perceived binge drinking culture in the island.
A group from the Home Affairs, Health and Economic Development departments is looking at binge drinking and revisions in licensing laws are expected to be made by the summer.
However, the Home Affairs, department believes it may be necessary to introduce some “immediate measures” to tackle the issue.
Alcohol free zones
Amongst those measures, the department would like to give Magistrates the power to close down licensed premises within 24 hours if they suspect staff have, for instance, served people who are clearly drunk.
The department would also like to see Constables have discretionary power to create alcohol-free zones.
Home Affairs also propose giving police officers (both States and honorary) the power to confiscate alcohol from adults in public places.
Alcohol problems - tackling the issue.
Binging at home
One of the problems identified by the deputy was people drinking a lot of alcohol before they went out – probably because it’s cheaper to drink at home than in licensed premises.
Off licenses are currently allowed to have drinks promotions but pubs and clubs are not. Home Affairs would like to see this inconsistency address.
Over to you
Do you think Jersey faces a binge drinking problem? If so, do you think the Home Affairs “immediate measures” would help solve the problem?
Do you think the proposals are fair, or do you think those enjoying alcohol responsibly will be penalised too?
Share your views on binge drinking.
last updated: 29/04/2008 at 16:26
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