The introduction of 24-hour drinking has failed to reduce alcohol-related violence, a report has said. Ministers had thought the 2003 Licensing Act would introduce a cafe-style culture to Britain with people drinking at a slower rate. But a new report by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed that the new laws has left council tax payers with a £100m bill – and failed to stem the tide of violence fuelled by drink. A survey by the LGA found that seven out of 10 councils , hospitals and police authorities has reported an increase or no-change in the number of their alcohol related incidents. Nearly one in three hospitals reported an increase in such incidents– while a half of police authorities said the new laws had just led to alcohol-related violent incidents had just been pushed back to later at night. The study also found that 86% of health authorities and 94% of councils had reported an increased pressure on resources because of the 2003 Act. Sir Simon Milton, the LGA chairman, said: “The new drinks laws have made no impact whatsoever on reducing the alcohol-related violence that blights town centres and truns them into no-go areas on a Friday and Saturday night. “It is totally unacceptable that the hard-pressed council taxpayer should be forced to pick up the bill for something the government said would not cost them a penny.” He said licensing laws should be reviewed and added: “The report clearly shows the real financial strain that the new laws have had on our councils, hospitals and other local services. “Hospitals and the police are finding that they are being called into action 24 hours a day, stopping disruption, beraking up fights and patching up the walking wounded.”