A range of recommended approaches have been set out to address the public health impacts of the night-time economy (see Box 8).

Box 8: Recommended approaches to tackling the public health impacts of the night-time economy 2

Define what is needed by identifying problems at local level, based on data and intelligence. For example:

  • mapping of crime data and licensed premises to identify hotspots
  • mapping of areas of high concentration of licensed premises and areas with alcohol recovery services to target local areas of concern
  • using information from Accident & Emergency departments
  • carrying out surveys of residents and patrons of the night-time economy.

Develop a programme of coordinated actions to address the problems identified. This could include:

  • addressing transport needs
  • enforcement (such as a licensed premises enforcement database to monitor crime, disorder and public nuisance)
  • increasing access to medical support
  • monitoring of new applications for licences to inform appropriate public health response
  • licensing controls (such as early-morning alcohol restriction orders, or late night levy)
  • minimum unit pricing, to reduce access to cheap alcohol.

Engage and co-ordinate relevant agencies, stakeholders and local communities. This can include:

  • public health input to multi-agency reviews of licensing applications
  • other partnership actions to promote joint working on reducing potential adverse health impacts of the night-time economy
  • working with local organisations and premises to promote non-alcoholic drinks as a socially acceptable option.

References

  1. London Drug & Alcohol Policy Forum, Department of Health, Greater London Authority, “Tackling alcohol problems in the night time economy,” 2012
  2. London Drug & Alcohol Policy Forum, Department of Health, Greater London Authority, “Tackling alcohol problems in the night time economy,” 2012