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Binge Drinking

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the measures in the Licensing Act 2003 in combating binge drinking. (212583)

The evaluation of the Licensing Act 2003 was published on 4 March this year. Our main conclusion was that businesses and consumers have been using the freedoms provided but that more could be done to rebalance action towards enforcement and crack down on irresponsible behaviour. There are, however, limits to the impact licensing law can have on the personal behaviour in terms of consumption. We have therefore announced, in the Youth Alcohol Action Plan, measures which are designed to tackle binge drinking among young people. The Government also expect to consider further action when the ongoing Alcohol Price, Promotion and Harm review reports this summer.