Why, then, do the statistics paint a different picture? In the 12 police forces that keep the relevant records, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour has risen by around 46 percent since the new laws were introduced.
Throw in massive increases in alcohol-related illnesses and injuries, and it becomes clearer that 24 hour drinking is a part of the problem rather than the solution. I doubt a "tougher" system of yellow and red cards for landlords and shop-owners will do anything to change this.
What do CoffeeHousers think?
P.S. Great coverage over at Three Line Whip.