The night-time economy can have a positive and negative impact on health and wellbeing. Pubs and bars can act as hubs of community life, providing a space to socialise, promoting social interaction and reducing isolation (which can contribute to poor mental health).A On the other hand, these venues can also contribute to noise, litter, harmful levels of alcohol consumption and anti-social behaviour. A recent report assessed pubs and bars to be positive for health on balance, despite their potential health harms. 1 However, the same report advocates tighter controls on the number of premises licensed to sell alcohol in areas where there is already a high concentration of such outlets.
- Royal Society for Public Health, “Health on the high street,” 2015