Evaluation of the potential impact on alcohol misuse of a “Responsible Off-Licensing Scheme” in Cheltenham

Martin, Peter (2020) Evaluation of the potential impact on alcohol misuse of a “Responsible Off-Licensing Scheme” in Cheltenham. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/7PW5R2Y8

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The World Health Organisation alcohol strategy (2012-20) and the UK Government’s Alcohol Strategy (2012) aim to develop and implement effective, socially responsible, self-regulating initiatives for reducing the impact of alcohol misuse. This study aims to identify the impact of current features of off-licensing practice on problems relating to alcohol misuse in Cheltenham, to identify the features of responsible off-licensing schemes introduced elsewhere and to make recommendations for the introduction of a new responsible off-licensing scheme. Cheltenham’s Lower High Street was selected as a case study. A small survey using open-ended questions was carried out in the area with willing participants; in addition, observations were made of small off-licence premises. Themes and concerns arising include the availability of high strength alcohol, under-age drinking, homelessness, abuse of other substances and anti-social behaviour. No clear link is established between these concerns and the presence of off-licences. Public health models/ multiple-component, socially responsible models were examined for their efficacy at reducing or preventing alcohol misuse and their capacity to deal with the broader problems in Cheltenham’s Lower High Street. In particular, the author reviewed schemes known as ‘Reduce the Strength’ and the ‘Community Action-Community Alcohol Partnership’; evaluation documents and minutes of relevant Council meetings were analysed, and practitioners interviewed. There is a lack of robust rigorous independent evidence on the schemes, but findings suggest they could usefully be adopted to address the types of problem found in Cheltenham, although they cannot operate in isolation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Hobson, Jonathanjhobson@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/jonathan-hobson/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol misuse; Responsible Off-Licensing Scheme; Cheltenham, England; Alcohol Strategy, United Kingdom; Public Health models
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD60 Social responsibility in business
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Kamila Niekoraniec
Date Deposited: 16 May 2024 11:14
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 10:57
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/14099

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