According to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) extending the licensing hours will not lead to 24 hour drinking and a rise in anti-social behaviour. And why? - because none of its members intend to stay open around the clock.
A change in licensing laws due to come into effect later this year will enable pubs and bars to extend their hours so that alcohol could be on offer 24 hours a day every day of the week. This has caused an outcry particularly among people living in town centres where anti-social behaviour is already a problem.
The BBPA surveyed 30,500 pubs and found that they plan to extend their hours only on Fridays and Saturdays and most of them will close at 1.00am. Not one pub owner said that they would stay open all night. The key reason for this is that it is just not financially viable for most pubs.
The general feeling amongst BBPA members is that the relaxed laws will enable them to clear the pub in a more civilized way enabling customers to finish their drinks or meals at their leisure and not by the bell.
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