A comfortable night out? Alcohol, drunkenness and inclusive town centres

Eldridge, A. and Roberts, M. 2008. A comfortable night out? Alcohol, drunkenness and inclusive town centres. Area. 40 (3), pp. 365-374.

TitleA comfortable night out? Alcohol, drunkenness and inclusive town centres
AuthorsEldridge, A. and Roberts, M.
Abstract

The Licensing Act (2003) was enacted in England and Wales against the backdrop of media concern about 'binge Britain' and violent town centres avoided by 'social drinkers'. This paper responds to these concerns by asking how to create more inclusive urban centres at night. Findings from focus groups found it was not alcohol consumption or a reluctance to partake in urban life that was detracting residents. Using the notion of 'comfort', the paper instead reveals a strong desire for varied late-night experiences ranging from quiet local venues, to active streets and live venues.

KeywordsAlcohol, binge Britain, public space, night-time economy
JournalArea
Journal citation40 (3), pp. 365-374
ISSN0004-0894
YearSep 2008
PublisherWiley
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/j.1475-4762.2008.00813.x
Publication dates
PublishedSep 2008

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