An innovative new Community Alcohol Partnership highlighting the risks of underage drinking to children and young people has launched today in Paignton.
The launch took place on 14 November 2023 at the Crafty Fox Cafe & Hub in Paignton.
Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) are made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, groups and health providers who work together to highlight the risks of underage drinking and improve the health and wellbeing of local children and young people.
The partnerships provide alcohol-free activities for young people and encourage conversation about underage drinking and the risks associated with it. They 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 .
In addition, CAPs work with local retailers to help them avoid making underage sales and reduce ‘proxy’ sales where adults buy alcohol for under-18s.
Partners in the Torbay CAP Sound Communities, Paignton Academy, Co-op, Cycle Torbay, Sanctuary Housing, The Children's Society and Devon and Cornwall Police.
Kate Winstanley, Director of CAP said: We know from extensive research that underage drinking can lead to school and educational problems, as well as unsafe sex, drug-taking, violence and drinking problems in later life.”
‘We also know that the work CAPs do in local communities can lead to significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social and underage street drinking in local communities. It’s great to see local partners coming together in this new CAP to highlight the risks of underage drinking and reduce alcohol harm among our young people.”
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 and underage street drinking, with CAP areas.
There are more than 250 CAPs across England, Scotland and Wales.
For more information see: www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk
For media information please contact: Samantha Patel, Communications Manager, CAP: [email protected]