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Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP), which works with retailers to prevent underage drinking, has reported substantial reductions in the supply of alcohol to children in areas where it has created local partnerships.

Its 2020 annual report released today (March 31) reports evaluations for the period 2016-2020 which show:

  • 99% of retailers passed Challenge 25 compliance test for alcohol sales
  • 86% of retailers did not sell alcohol when they suspected it was a ‘proxy’ sale
  • 50% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them
  • 61% average reductions in weekly drinking among 13-16 year olds
  • 42% reduction in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour

Since CAP was created in 2007, 214 schemes have been launched in England, Scotland and Wales. They bring together local stakeholders with a shared interest in preventing underage drinking and encouraging responsible drinking among young adults. CAP partnerships are made up of 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 Director Kate Winstanley says: “CAP works closely with retailers, providing support, training and publicity materials. They tell us that being part of CAP makes them more aware of regulations about underage sales and more confident about complying with them, especially when dealing with difficult situations like confrontations in store and abuse of staff.”

“The examples in this report show how, despite the pandemic, CAPs have found creative ways to protect young people from alcohol harm and promote their health and wellbeing. We have also seized the opportunity to invest in the future by developing our work in Scotland and creating online resources to enable us to grow faster and be even more cost-effective. “

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About Community Alcohol Partnerships: 

  • Since CAP was created in 2007, it has launched 214 schemes in England, Scotland and Wales. They bring together a range of local stakeholders with a shared interest in preventing underage drinking and encouraging responsible drinking among young adults. 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, improve their health and wellbeing and enhance their communities.  

For more information and to see the annual report:  www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk

The Community Alcohol Partnership in Airedale has been really successful. They’ve helped to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area by 20% this year and done a great job of engaging students too. I was completely blown away by the talent and commitment of the students. They were great at getting the consequences of anti-social behaviour across.

Yvette Cooper
MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford

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