New UK drinking laws start peacefully — for now
Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:32 AM ET
By Katherine Baldwin
LONDON (Reuters) – The introduction of extended drinking hours passed off peacefully across England and Wales but police said on Thursday the biggest test would come at the weekend.
The race against the 11 p.m. closing bell encourages Britons to drink excessively while the eviction of boozers from pubs all at the same time spurs the violence and vandalism that plague town centres, they say.
“At last adults in this country are going to be treated like grown-ups and given a little bit of choice about having a social life beyond 11 o’clock,” said Mark Hastings, spokesman for the British Beer and Pub Association.