A new partnership highlighting the risks of underage drinking was launched in Plymouth on Monday 18 September 2023. The launch took place at the YMCA in Plymouth and was attended by key partners including Devon and Cornwall Police, Plymouth Argyle Community Trust, Plymouth Community Homes, Plymouth City Council and a range of other schools, charities and community groups.
Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) are made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, groups and health providers, working together to highlight the risks of underage drinking and improve the health and wellbeing of local children and young people.
This is the first CAP to launch in Devon and Cornwall since 2015.
The Plymouth CAP will work with youth services and local to provide alcohol-free activities for young people. It will also work with local schools to educate young people about underage drinking and ensure that they are equipped to make the right decisions about issues such as alcohol and drugs and anti-social and criminal .
Working with local retailers, CAP aims to help them avoid making underage sales and reduce ‘proxy’ sales where adults buy alcohol for under-18s.
Partners in the Plymouth CAP include:
SHARP Young People Drug and Alcohol Service
Plymouth City Council
Devon & Cornwall Police
Plymouth Community Homes
All Saints Academy
Jemima Laing, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “It’s brilliant to see this new partnership launching in Plymouth, which will help to educate local young people about the risks of underage drinking and improve their health and wellbeing. This supports one of our key priorities as a Council which is to keep children and communities safe. Our Community Youth Team will be working closely with the partners to take a joint approach to reducing alcohol-related harm across the city and we look forward to seeing the benefits of this new CAP scheme.”
Derek Lewis, Chair of CAP comments: "I am always pleased to see the launch of new partnerships. We know from research that underage drinking can lead to many social and educational problems for children and young people. We also know from our evaluations that CAPs are having a significant impact on reducing alcohol consumption amongst 13- and 16-year-olds in the areas in which they operate.”
“Local CAP schemes are established and run by people from a variety of within their communities, including retailers, local authorities, police forces and schools to identify and tackle the problems associated with underage drinking. All CAPs are tailored to the needs of their local community which means that they are highly effective in getting to the root cause of the problem."
About Community Alcohol Partnerships:
There are currently over 250 CAPs in the UK. 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, groups and health providers, working together to protect young people from alcohol harm.
CAP’s annual report shows how this innovative partnership approach has led to significant reductions to children’s and young people’s drinking, anti-social and underage sales in areas where it has created local partnerships.
Nationally, CAP evaluations show:
- 64% reduction in weekly drinking for
- After CAP training, 98% of retailers passed a Challenge 25 compliance test – from an average baseline of 52%
- 42% reduction in anti-social
- 40% reduction in residents reporting children and young people drinking in public places to be a very big or problem
You can download the annual report here: https://www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk/images/CAP_Annual_Review_2022-23_-_digitalFINAL.pdf