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Britain seen as 'most anti-social'

9 May 2006

Britain is seen as having the biggest problem with anti-social behaviour among a group of European countries.

Two-thirds of Britons thought drinking was a key contributor to the problem.

Researchers said it was a "wake-up call" and that increased access to alcohol could not be the answer.

The survey found 76% questioned in France, Germany, Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain believed Britain had a "big or moderate problem" with anti-social behaviour, followed by France (75%) and Germany (61%).

In Britain, 95% agreed it was a "big or moderate problem" here, according to the survey by security firm ADT and the Jill Dando Institute of Crime at UCL.

Professor Gloria Laycock of the Jill Dando Institute said: "This research is a wake-up call.

"We know anti-social behaviour is a major issue in Great Britain - and the rest of Europe clearly agrees.

"The study shows people believe it is fuelled by the excessive consumption of alcohol.

"Increasing our access to alcohol cannot be the answer and it is time that the Government addressed perceptions of this problem." …

'The Guardian'