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Britain's traditional pubs are hoping a new law will galvanize the country's budding beer renaissance and save them from a steep crisis that is forcing dozens of premises to close every week.Although many town centers remain hotbeds of rowdy drinkers come Friday and Saturday nights, official figures show that alcohol consumption has fallen around 18 percent since 2004 and that binge-drinking has declined more than 30 percent among young people.Campaigner Simon Clarke, co-landlord of the Eagle Ale House in south London, said the law change would widen the choice and cut costs for publicans no longer forced to buy through the PubCos.He praised campaigners who fought a seven-year battle against the lobbying power of the pub industry.
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