The majority of violent attacks on adults involved alcohol and often took place after the traditional pub closing time, analysis of the latest crime figures has shown.
Of the more than 1.3 million violent incidents reported in England and Wales for the year 2013/14, some 53% occurred after one of the parties had been drinking.
Analysis of the latest crime figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also showed men were far more likely to be victims of alcohol-related violence (62%) compared with women (38%).
Two-thirds of violence between strangers also involved alcohol, while one-third of domestic violence occured after drinking, the figures revealed.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the proportions of violent incidents that were alcohol-related increased as the day progressed – from 23% of violent incidents between noon and 6pm, to 52% between 6pm and 10pm, and 83% between 10pm and midnight.
The trend continued into the early hours – with alcohol featuring in 84% of all violent incidents between midnight and 6am.
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, violent incidents at the weekend were twice as likely to involve alcohol (70%) as during the week.
In Warwickshire we have an ‘alcohol diversion scheme’ that provides an alternative to a fine for people who are issued with alcohol related fixed penalty notices.