Can you Change a Violent Drinking Culture by Changing how People Drink?
Nov 11, 2016
Peter Miller and Alex Wodak published an article on "The Conversation" back in 2015 which we think is worth revisiting. Titled "Fact Check: Can you change a violent drinking culture by changing how people drink?", the article addresses a recent research report funded by the alcohol company Lion which concluded that you can't change a violent culture by simply changing drinking patterns. Miller and Wodak describe a wide range of research that shows the opposite: that changing drinking patterns can result in significant decreases in violence and antisocial behaviour. The provides links to research showing that shutting pubs and clubs two hours earlier results in between 30% - 40% reduction in the number of reported assaults. Other research indicates that for every hour after midnight that pubs are open there is a 15%- 20% increase in violence, drink driving and emergency department attendance.