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Editorial Alan Marlow is a freelance researcher and consultant. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Luton. He was formerly a senior police officer. The concentration of drinking outlets in town centres, now termed the night-time economy, and drinks promotions has resulted in what Jay Rayner, in the Observer of 5 September 2004, terms ‘a new British disease’ or ‘binge drinking’. Some would say ‘twas ever thus’ but there is little doubt that public drunkenness and disorder is more than ever a feature of town centres. Many partnerships will have wrestled with the problem and developed preventative programmes. The statistics produced for the Prime Alan Marlow Minister give substance to the concerns. The British may not be the heaviest Editor consumers of alcohol – that ‘oscar’ goes to Luxembourg according to data produced in 1999 – but we do seem to be ‘sessional boozers’ and start drinking earlier in life. Data published last year revealed the following: • 1 in 3 men and 1 in 5 women exceed the recommended weekly consumption of 21 units of alcohol and 14 units respectively • under-16-year-olds drink twice as much as their equivalents 10 years ago and get drunk earlier than http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Safer Communities Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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1757-8043
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10.1108/17578043200400024
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Abstract

Alan Marlow is a freelance researcher and consultant. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Luton. He was formerly a senior police officer. The concentration of drinking outlets in town centres, now termed the night-time economy, and drinks promotions has resulted in what Jay Rayner, in the Observer of 5 September 2004, terms ‘a new British disease’ or ‘binge drinking’. Some would say ‘twas ever thus’ but there is little doubt that public drunkenness and disorder is more than ever a feature of town centres. Many partnerships will have wrestled with the problem and developed preventative programmes. The statistics produced for the Prime Alan Marlow Minister give substance to the concerns. The British may not be the heaviest Editor consumers of alcohol – that ‘oscar’ goes to Luxembourg according to data produced in 1999 – but we do seem to be ‘sessional boozers’ and start drinking earlier in life. Data published last year revealed the following: • 1 in 3 men and 1 in 5 women exceed the recommended weekly consumption of 21 units of alcohol and 14 units respectively • under-16-year-olds drink twice as much as their equivalents 10 years ago and get drunk earlier than

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Safer CommunitiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 1, 2004

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