Report calls time on happy hours
Ian Burrell is Assistant Editor and Media Editor at The Independent, i paper and Independent on Sunday. He covers news from the whole media sector from television, press, radio and advertising to technology. His weekly column on the media appears every Monday in The Independent and i paper. He also writes on media, music and culture, including long-form pieces for The Independent’s Saturday magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s magazine, New Review. He is a regular presenter of BBC Radio 4’s What The Papers Say and a specialist commentator to Monocle 24 radio. He has contributed to most major broadcast outlets including BBC television and radio, CNN, Sky News, Al Jazeera and LBC. He has also written on media for GQ magazine. Ian has been reporting on the media industry for The Independent for more than a decade. Previously he was the newspaper’s Home Affairs Editor. He worked at The Sunday Times for five years, including as a member of the investigative Insight team, covering stories on political funding, industrial espionage and the arms industry. Previously he worked in ITV for London Weekend Television, on a weekly current affairs programme presented by Danny Baker. Ian trained at the Birmingham Post & Mail and was Regional Reporter of the Year in Press Gazette’s national awards.
Thursday 04 November 1999
The research found many incidents of alcohol-related violence were linked to bingeing rather than people with chronic alcohol problems. The trend was aggravated by changes in drinking habits from a working-class, male- dominated culture towards one focusing on bingeing at weekends and in groups by men and women. Happy hours only encouraged people to drink heavily and should be avoided, said the report.
It pointed to an experiment in a town in Victoria, Australia, where bars agreed to drop happy hours which, with other measures, led to a marked decrease in violent behaviour.
The Home Office report said drink abuse cost Britain pounds 3bn a year, with one in six calls to the emergency services involving an alcohol-related incident.
A quarter of all people arrested by the police were drunk, and alcohol played a part in nearly half of all violent- crime incidents, three-quarters of assaults and was strongly linked to domestic violence and child abuse.
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