Understanding neighbourhood perceptions of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour

J. Taylor, L. Twigg, J. Mohan

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Negative perceptions of anti-social behaviour have been shown by previous research to have harmful repercussions to both an individual’s mental and physical health as well as the neighbourhood’s long-term prospects. Studies in the USA have previously found that the location of alcohol supply points is associated with these negative perceptions, whereas recent, more qualitative and ethnographic research from the UK emphasises the heterogenous and contingent nature of attitudes and perceptions towards alcohol consumption patterns and behaviour. Using multilevel models applied to data from a national crime survey and geocoded data on pubs, bars and nightclubs, this paper focuses on the complex relationship between perceptions of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and the density of such establishments across England. The findings support the general link between unfavourable perceptions and density of outlets but also highlight the complexity of this association by showing that these relationships are dependent on other characteristics of the neighbourhood, namely deprivation and the proportion of young people in the neighbourhood.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2186-2202
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number12
Early online date1 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015


  • Alcohol
  • anti-social behaviour
  • Crime Survey for England and Wales
  • multilevel modelling
  • perceptions


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