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Licensing law myths and misconceptions exploded

Licensing law myths and misconceptions exploded

A research study into the impact of the Licensing Act by Middlesex University, for the Department of Health’s Alcohol Education Research Council was released at the end of January. The study concludes, ‘We have found that the much-predicted mayhem resulting from the changes has not resulted.’

The researchers go on to say, ‘There was a lot of publicity surrounding this legislation, and a lot of commentators had predicted that binge drinking would worsen if all-night drinking replaced the normal cut-off time for pubs. However, the survey’s findings do not support these predictions of doom and gloom.’ The research says, ‘the effect of the Licensing Act 2003 has been largely neutral. There has been little change in noise levels, alcohol-related violence/fights, drink driving, alcohol-related crime and under-age drinking.’

Rob Hayward, British Beer & Pub Association’s chief executive states, “This research is further evidence that the change in our licensing laws has not unleashed an upsurge in drunken mayhem. Things have not become worse and another misconception crumbles when subjected to rational examination.”

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