According to Crime Survey for England and Wales data, alcohol-related violence has fallen in both absolute terms and as a proportion of all violence over the last decade.
IAS’s latest report examines possible explanations for this. Alcohol-related violence remains a pressing policy concern – with more than half a million alcohol-related violence incidents recorded in 2019/20 – but in seeking to explain these trends we might identify levers policymakers and practitioners can exploit to reduce levels of violence further.
The report suggests:
- Declines in youth drinking might contribute to this violence decline (as younger, rather than older age groups, predominantly engage in violence in night-time economy settings).
- A steeper decline in alcohol-related violence relative to violence overall appears to be accounted for by shifts in alcohol-related stranger and acquaintance violence; the proportion of domestic violence incidents which were alcohol-related generally remained stable across the period investigated.
- Investigation of the production of these National Statistics should be undertaken to assess whether any data artefacts form some part of this decline.