Winners and losers from street drinking bans

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So-called ‘alcohol-free zones’ have proliferated across the UK, preventing an individual drinking in public if police believe their drinking is causing a problem. This review of such measures finds they do reassure communities, but at the expense of further marginalising street drinkers.