Alcohol-related crime and social disorder is estimated to cost UK taxpayers £11bn per year, at 2010/11 prices. This aids the public perception of alcohol as one of the major causes of crime in urban Britain today.
Several studies of crime and social disorder in city centres have observed a direct relationship between the density of night time outlets licensed to sell alcohol – otherwise known as “high-risk premises” – and the prevalence of criminal activity, especially violent crimes committed. Successive Governments have been committed to tackling the problem by a variety of legislative means. Policies to combat alcohol-related crime and social disorder include the tightening licensing regulations for night time outlets permitted to sell alcohol, and the imposition of tough custodial penalties for criminal behaviour linked to alcohol.
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