Crime and Alcohol Consumption Down After 24-Hour Drinking Laws Established

Around-the-clock opening hours at drinking establishments were legalized in 2005 to promote relaxed, café-style drinking in the U.K. When most pubs closed at 11:00 p.m., there was a rush for last-minute drinking before patrons were forced into the streets at the same time.

An analysis of the effects of the Licensing Act ordered by Prime Minister Gordon Brown found that overall crime and alcohol consumption has dropped since 24-hour serving was legalized.

These findings are consistent with those found in the U.S. States with later last call for alcohol hours tend to have fewer alcohol-related traffic deaths, according to data collected by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


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