DEATHS caused by liquor-related offences are expected to increase if people don't drink responsibly and maturely.
Reacting to the alleged murder incident on Rabi Island where a 34-year-old farmer was allegedly beaten to his death during a drinking party over the weekend, police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro yesterday said police were very responsive towards such offences.
"This is the reason why the Fiji Police Force continues to stress the importance of enjoying oneself responsibly, especially where alcohol is involved," she said.
Citing the category of offences committed last year, Ms Naisoro said 3 per cent of the crimes committed were liquor-related offences.
"One's judgment is affected and a few hours of excitement can turn tragic and someone could find him or herself on the wrong side of the law," she said.
"The pain and suffering caused by such incidents will involve both the parties.
"This is why we continue to call on members of the public to exercise caution at all times."
Ms Naisoro said not only does a family suffer the loss of losing a loved one but the other party also suffers the impending separation of families of offenders who have to account for their actions.