One drink too many: evaluating 'what works' in reducing alcohol related crime and disorder in Manchester city centre

Taylor, Katy (2010) One drink too many: evaluating 'what works' in reducing alcohol related crime and disorder in Manchester city centre. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Alcohol related crime and disorder within the night-time economy on a Friday and Saturday night is a major problem in towns and cities all over the country. It is estimated that it costs £7.3 billion each year with at least 90 per cent of assaults being alcohol related with the victim and/or offender having consumed alcohol in the 4 hours leading up to the incident. This study aims to evaluate ‘what works’ in reducing alcohol related crime and disorder within the night-time economy by reviewing the relationship between alcohol and crime and applying this to licensed premises in town and city centres. This is further compounded by a case study of various areas of Manchester city centre including interviews with licensees, the police and consumers themselves. The results highlight that government strategies in the past have been contradictory and confusing based not on evidence but on what will win them the most votes. Whilst this may change with the election of the Coalition Government in May 2010 it is clear from the research that crime reduction strategies are more successful when implemented on a local level. With regards to the future, targeting off-licenses which sell cheap alcohol in bulk must be a priority so as to tackle the issue of 'pre-loading' at home and the associated problems. Using a multi-agency approach to target problem premises on an individual basis through enforcement and prevention, particularly crime prevention through environmental design is also recommended as is working with universities to reduce the prevalence of student binge drinking and its implications.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/925

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