The Licensing Act 2003 that allowed establishments to open and sell alcohol later has failed to affect alcohol-related violence according to a recent study.
Studies Illustrate Failure
The intention of the act was that staggering the closing time of pubs, nightclubs and bars would mean less violence and antisocial behavior at the usual standardised closing times.
This would work by avoiding flooding the streets at certain problematic time periods, and was predicted at the time to produce a reduction in violence and confrontation due to less human traffic on the streets.
Studies have now proven that this act has made no difference to the level of violent crime being reported from February 2004 and December 2007, two years either side of the act which came into force in 2005.
A spokesperson from the University of Cambridge, Dr David Humphreys, has argued that the processes and methods used to curb this anti-social behavior has lacked ‘evaluation or systematic appraisal,’ culminating in ‘missed opportunities’ to create proper evidence to help combat this problem.
Researcher David Humphreys added that ‘Over the past decade, England and Wales have witnessed a series of political prevention initiatives for alcohol-related harm, but has founds that they have been introduced ‘largely without evaluation or systematic appraisal.’
He also suggested the recent implementation of a late-night levy in Newcastle would suffer from a similar lack of sound and accurate research.
They also found that opening times had increased by a far lower amount than anticipated – average trading times increased between 30 to 45 minutes per premise on weekdays and by one hour and 20 minutes at weekends.
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