Drinking responsibly: media, government and binge drinking

James Nicholls

in The Politics of Alcohol

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719077050
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702758 | DOI:
Drinking responsibly: media, government and binge drinking

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During the passage of the Licensing Bill, there was some concern over 24-hour licensing but the issue in no way dominated public debate. It was not until the start of the following year that the tone changed. In 2004, ‘binge Britain’ — and the variation ‘booze Britain’ — would become part of the everyday language of the debate on alcohol. Alcohol consumption figures from public health campaigners often provided the statistical background to press reporting. Comparisons have been drawn between the representation of binge drinking, especially among women, and the fevered debate on gender and alcohol that characterised the gin craze. In the years that followed the implementation of the Licensing Act of 2003, the British government came under increasing pressure both from newspapers demanding greater intervention to deal with law and order and from public health groups calling for greater intervention to curb levels of overall consumption.

Keywords: binge drinking; binge Britain; media; Licensing Act of 2003; licensing; alcohol consumption; women; alcohol; public health; 24-hour licensing

Chapter.  6946 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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