Many people think heavy drinking causes promiscuity, violence and anti-social behaviour. That’s not necessarily true, argues Kate Fox. I am a social anthropologist, but what I do is not the traditional intrepid sort of anthropology where you go and study strange tribes in places with mud huts and monsoons and malaria. I really don’t see [...]
This report presents the findings of a twelve month study conducted by the Applied Criminology Centre, University of Huddersfield. A pilot project sought to generate intelligence for managing areas with licensed premises by building an evidence base on alcohol supply points (ASPs).
Alcohol misuse or heavy consumption in general is associated with a number of poorer general and sexual health outcomes (including risky sexual behaviour and sexually transmitted infections). Women involved with the criminal justice system have been identified as a highly vulnerable population in terms of health; in addition, alcohol misuse has been found to be significant problem among female offenders, often coexisting with abuse of illicit substances.
Researching the effects of Digital Storytelling as a brief alcohol intervention for young people delivered in non-medical settings
Digital Stories are short films which use photographs and music to address the consequences of binge drinking such as feeling ill, getting into trouble with the police, being in prison, and being hospitalised after a road traffic accident.
The Licensing Act 2003 is one of a number of changes aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm and promoting “sensible drinking”. What results, if any, have so far been observed?
An investigation into the environmental impact of off-license premises on residential neighbourhoods
The environmental impact of licensed convenience stores and supermarkets on residential neighbourhoods in the UK
Although alcohol-related disorder in public space is a long-standing problem throughout the UK, in recent years this issue has become much more policy relevant. Whether or not current concerns about the ‘binge drinking’ phenomenon are fully justified, there is no doubt that alcohol-related problems in the night-time economy are widespread, bringing many negative consequences not only for those directly involved, but also for the taxpayer, the licence trade industry, the industry’s employees, the law-abiding patrons of licensed premises, the emergency services and the public at large.
“Binge drinking” and associated harms in terms of health, crime and disorder have been extensively highlighted and are a cause of considerable concern in urban areas of the United Kingdom. This research set out to quantify the number of patient attendances at a busy adult and children’s Emergency Department that are directly attributable to binge drinking, and investigate ways in which inter-agency sharing of anonymised information may be used to design, implement and monitor interventions that will work to reduce these harms.
Alcohol and violent crime are certainly associated. People who have committed a violent crime are often intoxicated when they commit the crime, however, this relationship can be understood in two ways. Does alcohol intoxication causes aggression or do people with an aggressive predisposition tend to misuse alcohol?