Skip to main content

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

Buy Article:

$51.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


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.

Keywords: Licensing Act; alcohol; cities; consumption; evening-economy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Central Cities Institute, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS, Email:

Publication date: September 1, 2008

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more