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Underage drinking (FOI)

Underage drinking (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 14 March 2016.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


With a breakdown for the past 5 years:

How many under 18s have been charged with purchasing alcohol?

How many have been charged with being in possession of alcohol?

How many have been charged with being drunk in a public place?

How many have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol?


​Licensing offences: under 18​2011​2012​2013​2014​2015​Grand total
​Under 18 years: consuming in a bar (Art 13 (2)Licensing Law 1974)​7​3​2​2​2​16
​​Under 18 years: purchase alcohol (Art 13 (2)Licensing Law 1974)​4​4​1​2​1​12
​​​Under 18 years: allow to consume in bar (Art 13 (1) Licensing Law 1974)​5​1​2​8
​Under 18 years: sell to (Art 13 (1) Licensing Law 1974)​4​2​1​1​8
​Permit under 18 years on premises after 21:00 hrs (Art 12 (1) (b) Licensing Law 1974)​4​4
​Aid and Abet purchasing alcohol for a juvenile (Art 88 Licensing Law 1974)​1​1
​Under 18 years send person to obtain liquor (Art 13 (6) Licensing Law 1974)​1​1
​DIC: under 18​8​8​1​5​4​26
​Drunk and disorderly / incapable: under 18​31​17​17​26​17​108
​Grand total​63​35​25​36​25​184​

There have been no charges brought for under 18s possessing alcohol. 

The law allows for officers to confiscate and dispose of alcohol in these circumstances. 

Such incidents will be recorded in individual officers note books. 

A letter is sent to the parents of those youths from whom alcohol is confiscated. 

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