Brown wants to tackle 24-hour "drinking culture"

02 January, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he wants to tackle the “culture of drinking” rather than change 24-hour drinking laws, according to press reports.

Notes from a meeting held in November state that Gordon Brown wants to highlight personal and parental responsibility in the battle against binge drinking, rather than change the law.

In the notes, obtained by the Independent newspaper, he said: “It’s about creating a cultural shift, having local co-ordination, better education and enforcement and individuals taking personal responsibility.”

The news that a U-turn on 24-hour licensing is unlikely will come as a relief for the 910 supermarkets and convenience stores that have been granted 24-hour licences since the law change in 2005.

In his first press conference as Prime Minister, Brown had said he would be looking at the impact of 24-hour drinking on binge-drinking.

A review of the effect the 2005 Licensing Act has had on the nation is expected to be published by the Department of Health early this year.




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