Almost two-thirds of the public opposes plans to reform drinking laws, according to a poll carried out for The Times. The Populus survey found that women were most strongly against the move, with 71% opposing the changes, against 52% of men. The measures found greater support among 18 to 24 year olds, with 51% in favour compared with 47% against. The survey found that 55% of those surveyed said that extended opening hours would increase disorder. Nearly two-thirds of those interviewed believed that "excessive drinking poses serious problems for society so government should maintain tight licensing laws which restrict when and for how long people drink alcohol". Just 34% thought that the proposed changes "rightly treat people like adults and recognise that it is not the place of government to dictate when or how long they drink alcohol". The Department of Culture, Media and Sport said that an estimated 152,000 bars, pubs and clubs out of 190,000 have applied to renew or vary their licences, with 38,000 missing the deadline.