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ALCOHOL SNAPSHOT: 85% of people live within 500m of an outlet selling alcohol

 

 

Despite the well-documented economic troubles of the on-trade, 85% of people still live within 500m of a pub, bar or club selling alcohol – a figure that has barely changed between 2003 and 2013. What’s more, for the majority of people their nearest source of alcohol is in the on-trade, though the proportion of people living near an off-trade retailer has increased in recent years.

These changes are documented in the chart above, taken from Colin Angus, John Holmes, Ravi Maheswaran et al’s recent paper, ‘Mapping Patterns and Trends in the Spatial Availability of Alcohol Using Low-Level Geographic Data: A Case Study in England 2003–2013’. The authors find that overall, the average English postcode was within 1km of 9.8 pubs, bars and nightclubs in 2013, compared to 10.7 in 2003. By contrast, the number of off-trade outlets selling alcohol within 1km of the average postcode has increased from 6.7 to 9.1 over that period. This trend was particularly extreme in deprived areas, where there were more on-trade closures and off-trade openings on average.