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Nightlife and Quiet at the Same Time!

18 December 2012

According to the residents of downtown Budapest, peaceful nightlife is possible

December 12, 2012, Budapest - According to most residents of downtown Budapest, they can live together with party-goers, and although most of them believe that the party-goers are responsible for the noise, they also agree that banning them from the central districts would cause a great financial loss to the municipalities. These are the results of a survey that involved 800 local residents and was carried out in the summer and autumn of 2012 in the framework of the Csendkirály (King of Silence) programme.

It is a well-documented problem that party-goers often disrespect the peace and quiet of residents of downtown districts. In order to create a balance between the rest of residents and the sparkling nightlife, Dreher Breweries created a long-term campaign in 2011, called Csendkirály (King of Silence), which aims to find the best conditions in which the inner districts' (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th,11th) municipalities can live together with the bars.

A survey was carried out in the summer of 2012 in order to review the attitudes and opinions on noise nuisance caused by nightlife. It involved the residents and was repeated in the autumn of 2012 in order to review the changes in opinions and the results of the campaign. The methodology of the survey was created by Ference Márványkövi, researcher at the Drug Survey Institute of the Eötvös Loránt University and independent researcher of the Hungarian Academy of Science's Institute for Psychology. He also reviewed and analysed the data collection.

Hygienic and aesthetic problems are the most important for the residents
Based on both surveys, the residents find hygienic, aesthetic and infrastructural problems the most annoying. Noise and party-related problems were not mentioned as often. Noise was only slightly over average during the summer in the two main centres of nightlife, the 6th and the 7th district, which is due to the fact that the so-called ruin pubs have made many efforts to reduce the noise pollution.

However, during the autumn survey, the residents mentioned noise nuisances as a slightly more important problem, especially in the 7th and the 8th district. This is possibly due to the law that bans smoking in enclosed areas starting April 1, 2012, which resulted in more people spending time outside, which can be noticed in the usually quieter autumn period.

Residents and party-goers can live together
Those taking part in the survey believe that residents and party-goers can live together well. There is no real difference between the districts in this question. Residents of the downtown area do not believe that banning party-goers would be a solution to noise-related issues.

Banning the entertainment industry would cause financial deficit to the districts
Those asked in the survey are aware of the fact that banning party-goers from their districts would cause financial damage to the municipalities because of the loss of revenues. During the summer survey, residents of all districts agreed on this fact, but by the autumn survey, inhabitants of the inner districts had an even more certain opinion.

The majority of the residents is still optimistic and believes that a peaceful nightlife is achievable.

Problem solving is a common responsibility
During the summer, residents found that bar owners are responsible for solving noise-related issues, and mentioned municipalities, police and party-goers came in only at second place. However, during the autumn survey, party-goers were found mainly responsible. This change can be explained by the fact that the Csendkirály campaign drew attention to the efforts made by bar owners and municipalities. Next to the party-goers, bar owners, municipalities and the police were mentioned, which shows that problem solving is a common responsibility; the different actors can find a solution only together.

Who can the residents turn to with their problems?
The residents very firmly believe that in case of problems concerning party-goers, they can only contact the police or the municipality. Improvement could be reached in this matter if the residents would contact the bar owners directly so that they can find a solution together. This would unburden municipalities and quicken the process.

During the two surveys, recognition of the Csendkirály campaign increased by 10 percent among the adult population of the surveyed districts.

426 people took part in the 2012 summer survey. The sample reflects the capital's adult population's composition by age and sex. 45 percent of those asked were men and 55 percent women. Those over 60 were the most represented in the sample (29 percent) and those between 40 and 49 were the least (14 percent). Most of those asked own their flat (70 percent) and only 30 percent rent.
The 2012 autumn survey is in every detail similar to the first one, except that it was conducted on 420 people.
Data collection was made by Universitas Research Specification. The methodology of the survey was created by Ference Márványkövi, researcher at the Drug Survey Institute of the Eötvös Loránt University and independent researcher of the Hungarian Academy of Science's Institute for Psychology. He also reviewed and analysed the data collection.

Further information:

Deák Balázs
Tel: 06/20/234-1489

Fertetics Mandy
Dreher Breweries Ltd.
Tel: +36 30 445 1683

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist. 
Note, the news release was first published in its local market on 12th December 2012.


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