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Poll backing for licence law changes

Published:  23 July, 2008

British drinkers don't want to return to fixed closing times, according to a YouGov poll for the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

Some 1,841 pub goers were canvassed, and 83% said the revamped licensing laws hadn't changed how frequently they went out.

Four per cent said they did go out more often and 11% said their pub visits had decreased.

One in five said longer opening hours meant they felt under less pressure to drink quickly, and 13% said they were more likely to stay "a bit later" at local pubs rather than travel to town centres.

Pubs were used by 59% to meet friends, 49% for drinking, 36% as a venue for evening meals and 30% for having lunch. Some 17% met work colleagues in pubs.

"This poll highlights many issues that clearly point to the positive impact of the change made to our licensing laws," said BBPA chief executive Rob Hayward.

The current licensing laws were introduced two years ago.