Are many off -licences open 24/7?

31 October, 2008

Q How many drinks stores have been granted licences for 24-hour opening?

A Official figures report that 5,100 licences have been issued under the Licensing Act 2003, which gives applicants the option of 24-hour opening. Fewer than 500 of these went to pubs, with the majority of round-the-clock licences being issued to supermarkets. Not all retailers who were granted 24-hour drinks sales have bothered to take advantage of their new-found rights, yet none of this has prevented the tabloid media from informing its readers that Britain now has a 24-hour drinking culture.




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Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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