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Alcohol retailers are being urged to support the Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) scheme to help drive down underage drinking.

CAPs are made up of local 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.

CAP Director Kate Winstanley says: “There is a growing body of evidence that CAPs are highly effective in driving down alcohol-related harm.  What makes the CAP approach so effective is that it puts retailers at the heart of local partnerships and regards them as a vital part of the solution.”

So far CAPs have offered training and support to more than 1,300 licensed premises around the UK, most of which were independent retailers. The majority achieved 90-100% pass rates in Challenge 25 compliancy tests following training.

Kate Winstanley added: “Being part of CAP is one of the most effective ways of demonstrating your status as a responsible alcohol retailer and commitment to reducing underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. Stores that engage with CAP tend to see significant reductions in confrontations in store and abuse of staff, so there are also significant operational benefits to working with local partners to tackle these problems.”

CAP’s new annual report for 2018, launched at the Welsh Assembly, demonstrates how this innovative partnership approach has positive impacts on underage drinking, anti-social behaviour, litter, residents' feelings of safety and underage/proxy alcohol purchase around the UK.

These include:

  • 60% reductions in weekly drinking for 11-15 year olds
  • 40% reductions in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
  • 85% reductions in seizures of alcohol from under 18s drinking in public
  • 41-65% reductions in attempted ‘proxy purchase’ where adults buy alcohol on behalf of children

The first CAP was set up in St Neots in 2007 and 162 have now been launched across the UK. Last year CAP announced ambitious plans to double the number of CAPs around the country and extend its remit to provide continued support as children become young adults. 


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Notes to editors:

Since this project was delivered there have been dramatic changes in the behaviour of many of the children. This has meant that, for example, three children who were on the verge of exclusion are now fully engaged in the life of the school. The children talk very positively about the work that they completed with CAP and the project generally.

Ridge Community Primary School, Lancaster

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