Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships


Sgt Martin Severn from Nottinghamshire Police has received a national award for his work tackling underage drinking in Sutton in Ashfield and Huthwaite. (Pictured here with Inspector Glenn Longden (right) and Alan Simpson, Community Alcohol Partnerships Officer (left), at the Huthwaite CAP Launch at the All Saints Community Centre in Huthwaite on March 24, 2017.)

He received a Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) Award of Excellence for his work in setting up, chairing and coordinating the Sutton in Ashfield CAP and setting up a new CAP in Huthwaite.

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 and improve the quality of life for residents.

They aim to reduce the sale of alcohol to young people, advise them on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities through youth services and local charities. 130 CAPs have now been set up across the country and have had outstanding impacts on local crime, anti-social behaviour, litter, feelings of safety and reductions in underage purchasing of alcohol. 

Sgt Severn said: “Underage drinking happens everywhere and working to reduce it helps to create better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods. We think everyone in the area will benefit from the work we are planning.

“We have been running a CAP in Sutton for the past couple of years and it has made a noticeable difference; retailers are more aware of the issues of underage drinking and proxy purchasing, whilst resident surveys have shown reductions in the number of people who feel underage drinking is a problem and also those who feel unsafe as a result of such behaviour.”  

CAP Chair Derek Lewis said: "I am delighted to see the launch of a Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) in Huthwaite. Community Alcohol Partnerships are a tried and tested way of driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods. Locally tailored partnerships, that recognise that retailers and licensees are an important part of the solution, have been shown to be highly effective in driving down alcohol harm to young people.”


For media information, contact Julia Shipston, Communications Manager for Community Alcohol Partnerships, tel 0771 3163003, email: [email protected]

Notes to editors:

  • In 2014, 38% of 11-15 year olds in England had drunk alcohol. This continued the downward trend since 2003, when 61% of pupils had drunk alcohol. 1However 4% said they drank alcohol at least once a week and a further 5% said they drank once a fortnight.2
  • Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) schemes are set up to tackle underage drinking and the resulting harm to local communities. All schemes 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. All schemes incorporate a mixture of education, enforcement, community engagement and the provision of diversionary activities for young people.
  • CAP is a community interest company (CiC), funded by major retailers who share its concerns about underage drinking. Current funders include: Aldi, ASDA, Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), Brown Forman, Co-op, Diageo, Heineken, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Molson Coors, One Stop, Sainsbury’s, SHS Drinks, Tesco and Waitrose. We are also grateful to the Welsh Government which provided £15,000 towards the establishment of three new CAPs in Wales.

1 Statistics on Alcohol, Health and Social Care Information Centre, published 30 June 2016.

2 Data intelligence summary: Alcohol consumption and harm among under 18 year olds, Public Health England, published July 2016.

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A vital part of the CAP’s work has been engaging with young people, getting them involved in the campaign and building their trust. The CAP held engagement nights with local young people to discuss the issue of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. They told us there was nothing for them to do – the community centre had no funding, access to the sports field had been cut off and there were very few facilities for young people. So far CAP has held community events, reopened access to the sports field, cleared the discussed BMX track and held street art sessions. Working hard to engage with this traditionally difficult-to-reach group has been key to our success.

Scott Adams
Cumbria Constabulary

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