Anti-social binge-drinkers could be banned from city centres and licensed premises for up to two years as part of a package of measures to tackle violent crime and disorder, Home Office minister Hazel Blears announced yesterday.

The government hopes to use the bans, modelled on anti-social behaviour orders, to challenge binge-drinking culture.
They are to be accompanied by weekend exclusion orders for individuals and the charging of licensees for tackling alcohol-related disorder.

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