Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

We warmly welcome the second round of Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAAs) announced by the Government today (January 27, 2017) and the opportunity to support local communities in reducing alcohol-related harm.  

Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) play a vital role in reducing underage drinking and associated harms in local communities. They are managed and delivered locally via partnerships between local authorities, police, retailers, schools and neighbourhood groups and health providers, offering a flexible model tailored to fit the needs of each community. This targeted partnership working and local action has proven to be highly effective in tackling alcohol-misuse - in some communities, CAPs have been shown to reduce underage drinking and antisocial behaviour by as much as 40%. Further information on their impact can be found at: http://www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk

We are looking forward to working with Local Alcohol Partnerships in the new LAAAs together with other partners including Best Bar None, Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS), Purple Flag and Pubwatch, to further reduce the harms associated with underage drinking.

Our local CAP has seen significant results: there’s been a 17% reduction in alcohol related anti-social behaviour in just two years. But it’s about more than statistics. One aspect of the CAP has had much higher aims – to change the way young people talk about and view alcohol. That’s a significant challenge given that many of our young people use alcohol as a way of creating a social identity for themselves.

Tommy Sheppard
MP for East Edinburgh

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