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Can Pubwatch address the problems of binge drinking?: A case study from the North West of England

Pratten, John D. and Greig, Robert (2005) Can Pubwatch address the problems of binge drinking?: A case study from the North West of England. International journal of contemporary hospitality management, 17 (3). pp. 252-260. ISSN 0959-6119

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Abstract

Purpose – To study the problems of alcohol-related crime in the UK, and to describe the operation of a Pubwatch scheme which attempts to unite the police and the licensees in bringing effective action against those involved. Design/methodology/approach – Reference has been made to Home Office sources to discover the extent of the problem. Schemes which have alleviated the problem have been examined. The general principles of Pubwatch are studied, and then its effectiveness in a specific operation is examined as a case study. Findings – The study has revealed that the police regard Pubwatch as an effective weapon. Some licensees agree, and even believe that its operation can increase. Research limitations/implications – This study merely reports on the outcome from one licensing authority. It is clear that the impact of Pubwatch must be monitored in more detail and over many areas before its real impact can be determined. Practical implications – The concept is clearly worthy of consideration for all of the licensed trade. It could become a vital weapon in the campaign towards responsible drinking. Originality/value – It is hoped that this paper will initiate debate on the scheme, and to examine solutions to the problem of anti-social behaviour caused by alcohol. Thus it should be of value to licensees and pub owners, the police and local authorities, as well as the public at large.

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