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NCJ Number: 136496 Find in a Library
Title: Drinking and Disorder: A Study of Non-Metropolitan Violence
Author(s): M Tuck
Corporate Author: Great Britain Home Office
Research and Planning Unit
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 116
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Home Office
London. SW1H 9AT, England
Her Majesty's Stationery Office
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
Publication Number: ISBN 0-11-340926-5
Sale Source: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
PO Box 29
Norwich, NR3 1GN,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A 1988 survey of England and Wales under the auspices of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) established that the police were experiencing problems in policing disorder in nonmetropolitan areas, especially disorder that stemmed from alcohol consumption. This current report presents results from a more detailed study of the phenomena documented in the ACPO report.
Abstract: So as to describe the nature of incidents of disorder or violence, three paired sites were selected for further study; one of each pair was a major "trouble site" in the ACPO data; the other was a near match in sociodemographic variables. Contrary to expectation, disorder was as prevalent in some of the "control" sites as in the trouble sites. The study found that disorder was not so much in licensed liquor outlets themselves as on the streets after persons, mostly youth, had consumed liquor in a pub. Young people leave pubs en masse at the same hour and cluster at fast-food outlets or other places. Weekend drinking was found to be a routine social habit among the young. Suggestions for addressing the problem focus on the reduction in alcohol consumption by the young, staggered closing hours for pubs, and identity cards and the prevention of under-age drinking. 6 appendixes with detailed data and 9 references
Main Term(s): Alcohol-crime relationship; Disorderly conduct
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Foreign police; Rural policing
Note: Home Office Research Study 108.
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