A comfortable night out? Alcohol, drunkenness and inclusive town centres

Eldridge, Adam and Roberts, Marion (2008) A comfortable night out? Alcohol, drunkenness and inclusive town centres. Area, 40 (3). pp. 365-374. ISSN 0004-0894

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2008.00813.x


The Licensing Act (2003) was enacted in England and Wales against the backdrop of media concern about 'binge Britain' and violent town centres avoided by 'social drinkers'. This paper responds to these concerns by asking how to create more inclusive urban centres at night. Findings from focus groups found it was not alcohol consumption or a reluctance to partake in urban life that was detracting residents. Using the notion of 'comfort', the paper instead reveals a strong desire for varied late-night experiences ranging from quiet local venues, to active streets and live venues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol, binge Britain, public space, night-time economy
Subjects: University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2009 13:23
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2009 13:23
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/6349

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