Drunkenness affected by weather and employment

Published: 8 September 1913

A major survey of licenced premises in England and Wales has examined the statistics for convictions for drunkenness. It has revealed that the linkage between drunkenness and the weather is quite weak. The summer of 1911 was warm and dry, whereas the same season in 1912 was cooler and wetter. Despite the clear differences in the two summers, there was no discernible difference in the numbers of convictions for drunkenness.

In the area of employment however, there is real evidence that there is a direct link. In 1911 the numbers of people unemployed was higher than in 1912. Similarly the number of convictions for drunkenness was far higher in 1912 than in 1911. This was most clearly seen in the mining communities. During the period of a miners' strike in February through to April 1912, convictions for drunkenness showed a steady and appreciable decline. Once the dispute had been settled and the men were back in work, conviction rates showed a rapid increase.

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