Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

An essential part of CAP involves enforcement of the laws relating to young people and alcohol including purchase of alcohol by under 18s, sale to under 18s, drinking by under 18s in public places and proxy or agent purchase.


Young People

Police and Trading Standards make regular patrols of the pilot area looking for under 18s drinking in public. Where such persons are found, alcohol is confiscated and parents informed. Where the young person is intoxicated, the guardian is called to collect the child or he/she will be taken home in a police vehicle. Cases are reported to Social Services where necessary. On patrol evenings, retailers and enforcement agencies collaborate to identify instances of young people attempting to buy alcohol so that the police and trading standards can attend and deal with them. A dedicated mobile phone number is normally made available to retailers on enforcement evenings.

Proxy purchasers

Proxy-purchase-ALCOHOL-CARD-Stanley-1It is an offence to purchase alcohol on behalf of someone who is under 18, an offence known as “proxy purchase” or “agent purchase” in Scotland. Those who commit the offence of proxy purchase are liable to an £80 fixed penalty notice. Retailers are encouraged to display notices warning against proxy purchase and are encouraged to inform police and/or Trading Standards of any instances of adults who may be buying alcohol on behalf of young people.

Retailers/Licensees

Retailers and licensees are provided with support and materials to help avoid making underage sales. Where there is suspicion that underage sales are taking place at a particular premises, the retailer/licensee will be invited to review systems and personnel training.

why do we exist?

"Community Alcohol Partnerships tackle underage drinking in local communities through co-operation between alcohol retailers/licensees and local stakeholders. By providing advice, guidance and resources CAP support communities in developing their own capacity to deliver a co-ordinated, localised response to underage alcohol misuse."

Working with CAP has helped partners to engage with the licensing trade to greatly reduce the sale of alcohol to young people.

Chief Superintendant Ivan Wood
Durham Constabulary

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what is cap?

CAP encourages local partnership working to tackle underage alcohol misuse and associated anti social behaviour.   CAP is unique in that it recognises that retail is part of the solution and has been shown to be more effective than enforcement alone.

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is there a cap in my area?

More than 55 CAPs have been set up across the UK. Take a look at our map to find your nearest CAP. CAP is keen to explore opportunities for new CAPs in areas where there is an underage drinking problem.


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How can i get involved?

If there is a CAP scheme in your area, we can put you in touch with the local project co-ordinator, who will explain how to get involved. If there is no CAP in your area but you would like to talk about setting up a CAP, the CAP team will be able to give help and advice.

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