Today, (Thursday 26 October), sees the launch of a Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) in the Wishaw and Shotts area, to highlight the risks of underage drinking and improve the health and wellbeing of local young people. As part of the work in the community, local people are being asked for their views on crime and anti-social through a series of surveys which can be complete anonymously online. This will help the police and other agencies to better understand the experience of local people in the area, making communities safer and protecting young people from harm.
The information will be used to identify priorities for the newly formed CAP which aims to work with youth services and local organisations to provide alcohol-free activities for young people. It will also work to educate young people about underage drinking and ensure that they are equipped to make the right decisions about issues such as alcohol, drugs and anti-social and criminal behaviour. Working with local retailers, the CAP also aims to prevent underage sales and ‘proxy’ sales, where adults buy alcohol for under-18s. The activity of the local CAP will be co-ordinated by community officers based at Wishaw Police Office.
Inspector Gail Nicol, who is based at Wishaw Police office, believes that a CAP will allow partners to promote a health and wellbeing message to young people, allowing them to be better informed about the harm that alcohol can cause. Inspector Nicol said:
“Young people can face difficult challenges in their lives, and we need to ensure they have the confidence to help them make the right decisions, especially around alcohol which we know can have a significant impact on their health and wellbeing.”
“Underage drinking can also impact on the whole community, and its important local people tell us about the impact it has on them. That’s why I’m encouraging anyone staying in the wider Wishaw and Shotts area (including Harthill and Allanton) to share their views by completing the anonymous online survey at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6WRYP6Y
Derek Lewis, Chair of CAP added: "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 in the areas in which they operate. Local CAP schemes are established and run by people from a variety of organisations 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:
CAPs bring together a range of local stakeholders with a shared interest in preventing underage drinking and encouraging responsible drinking among young adults. A rigorous evaluation framework shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking, with CAP areas demonstrating:
- 61% average reductions in weekly drinking among 13–16-year-olds
- 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, asking adults to buy alcohol for them
- 42% reduction in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
For more information see: www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk
For media information please contact: Samantha Patel, Communications Manager, CAP: [email protected]