Neil Butcher of Kent Trading Standards has won a national award from Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) for his work tackling underage drinking. His Award for Outstanding Achievement was announced at the CAP celebration at the House of Lords on January 29.
Announcing the award, CAP board member Hardish Purewal, Licensing Manager at Tesco and chair of the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group said: “Neil has worked tirelessly and with great dedication to improve the lives of young people in Kent. He has launched seven new CAPs across the county and brought together partners including local councils, schools, retailers, police, fire and rescue services and the community to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behavior. The success of CAP relies on exceptional individuals like Neil and I am delighted that his dedication and hard work have been recognised with this award.”
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. The CAP 2019 annual report, launched at the House of Lords, shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking.
Evaluations covering 2015-2019 show:
• 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds
• 40% reductions in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
• 80% improvement in Challenge 25 compliance following CAP training
• 90% reductions in residents reporting seeing under 18s drinking in the local area
• 77% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them
CAP chair Derek Lewis said: “Underage drinking is associated with school and educational problems, unprotected sex, consumption of illicit drugs, violence and drinking problems in later life. We have been greatly encouraged to see emerging evidence that CAPs are reducing alcohol consumption by underage children. While the proportion of young people in England who regularly consume alcohol has dropped slowly between 2001 and 2018, the reductions achieved in CAP areas are even greater, with 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds. We believe that this reflects the increasing emphasis on working with schools within the CAP areas.”
For media information please contact: Julia Shipston, Communications Manager at CAP: tel: 0771 3163003, email [email protected]
Notes for Editors
The first CAP was set up in St Neots in 2007 and 201 have now been launched across the UK.