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Barrow in Furness Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has won a national award for its work tackling underage drinking. Cath Corkhill of Dropzone and Andrew Travis of Barrow Police received the CAP+ of the year award at the annual CAP celebration at the House of Lords on January 29.

Matthew Golledge, CAP Board member and Trading Standards and Coroners Manager at Reading Borough Council, presented the award and said: “Barrow was the first CAP in Cumbria and has gone from strength to strength. It was an especially proud moment when young people taking part in its Young Health Champions course were invited to meet HRH Princess Anne to discuss their course and their roles as peer mentors to deliver positive health messages to other young people. Working with The Brathay Trust, Dropzone and Moorfield Learning Centre, Barrow CAP funded 10 places on the course for young people from alternative learning environments who could then support their peers to increase their health and well-being. A great achievement Barrow CAP!”

CAPs are made up of partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. CAP+ of the year is a new category at the awards, for CAPs which have delivered their action plans and evaluated their impact but continue to meet regularly to ensure that progress is maintained.

The CAP 2019 annual report, launched at the House of Lords, shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking.

Evaluations covering 2015-2019 show:

  • 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds
  • 40% reductions in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
  • 80% improvement in Challenge 25 compliance following CAP training
  • 90% reductions in residents reporting seeing under 18s drinking in the local area
  • 77% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them

CAP Chair Derek Lewis said: “Underage drinking is associated with school and educational problems, unprotected sex, consumption of illicit drugs, violence and drinking problems in later life. We have been greatly encouraged to see emerging evidence that CAPs are reducing alcohol consumption by underage children.  While the proportion of young people in England who regularly consume alcohol has dropped slowly between 2001 and 2018, the reductions achieved in CAP areas are even greater, with 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds.  We believe that this reflects the increasing emphasis on working with schools within the CAP areas.”


For media information please contact: Julia Shipston, Communications Manager at CAP: tel: 0771 3163003, email [email protected]

Notes for Editors

The first CAP was set up in St Neots in 2007 and 201 have now been launched across the UK.

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CAP has an extraordinary track record in reducing alcohol consumption and related crimes among under-18’s. At the heart of this success is the importance each CAP places on engaging young people themselves as key drivers of change within their own communities.

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UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

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