Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

One of CAP’s great strengths is its flexible, adaptable model, which can be tailored to fit the needs of any particular community. The case studies in this section show some of the many and varied approaches to tackling underage drinking across CAPs and where available the evaluation reports.


There is an emerging body of evidence – both from the five independent evaluations commissioned by CAP and the self-evaluation reports that all schemes are required to produce – that CAP helps to reduce alcohol-related crime and disorder and the acquisition of alcohol by under-18s. In recent years we have also seen significant reductions in weekly drinking among Years 9-11 in CAP schools.

Typical improvements in the key measures are:

• 60% reductions in weekly drinking among Years 9-11
• 40% reductions in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
• 85% reductions in seizures of alcohol from under 18s drinking in public
• Pass rates of 90-100% in Challenge 25 compliance following CAP training
• 41-65% reductions in attempted “proxy purchase”

Local needs vary as do the objectives of local CAPs. The impact of individual CAPs reflects this variety of objectives - for example:


Airedale, Ferry Fryston and Townville CAP, Wakefield
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking at least weekly fell from 31% to 15%
• 45% increase in retailers reporting an improved relationship with police and trading standards
• Since the CAP was set up in 2014, alcohol-related anti-social behavior incidents have fallen year on year as follows: 2014 – 724 incidents; 2015 – 516 incidents; 2016 – 466 incidents


Aldershot CAP, Hampshire
• Percentage of Year 9-11s who had ever drunk alcohol fell from 69% in 2014 to 55% in 2017


Alnwick CAP, Northumberland
• Only 5% of residents reported underage drinking as being a fairly or very big problem after the CAP was set up compared to 50% before the CAP
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking at least weekly fell from 24% to 4%


Askern, Norton and Campsall CAP, Doncaster
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking at least weekly falls from 16% to 12%
• 75% reduction in attempted proxy purchase (as measured by retailer surveys)
• 65% reduction in attempted proxy purchase (retailer survey)
• 55% reduction in young people hanging around outside off licences and asking adults to buy alcohol for them (residents’ survey)
• 23% of residents reported underage drinking as being a very or fairly big problem before the CAP was set up compared to 45% before the CAP


Barnsley CAP, South Yorkshire
• 30% reduction in alcohol related anti-social behaviour in the CAP area compared with a 7.4% drop in matched control areas


Blyth CAP, Northumberland
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking at least weekly fell from 23% to 2%
• The number of public spaces identified as being ‘problem areas’ for public underage drinking fell from 11 to 1


Boston CAP, Lincolnshire
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking at least weekly fell from 28% to 12%
• 96% compliance with Challenge 25 test purchase exercise after CAP training initiative


Brecon, Powys, Wales
• Reduction in alcohol-related youth ASB of 39.5%


Castleford CAP, West Yorkshire
• Calls to the police from the public about alcohol-related anti-social behavior by young people fell from 1753 in months 0-3 to 659 in months 4-6 and 694 in months 7-9
• Attempted purchase by under 18s fell from 63% to 14% (retailer survey)
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking at least weekly fell from 31% to 15% in 2017 and 7% in 2018


Conisborough CAP, South Yorkshire
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking at least weekly fell from 16% to 12%


Corby CAP, Northamptonshire
• 27% reduction in alcohol related anti-social behaviour by young people in the CAP area
• Only area in Northamptonshire to record year on year reductions in anti-social behavior for the period 2014-2016 compared to a countywide increase of 7.6%


Derry CAP
• Referrals to youth diversion officers decreased from 114 to 40
• Youth nuisance decreased by 50%


Durham CAP
• 25% reduction in alcohol related anti-social behavior and a 50% reduction during school holidays in the school holidays in the CAP areas compared with a 15% drop in matched control area in Darlington


Edinburgh CAP
• 18% reduction in alcohol-related crime
• 80% reduction in alcohol seizures from young people


Gateshead South CAP
• 50% reduction in youth alcohol-related crime


Great Yarmouth CAP, Norfolk
• 83% decrease in police letters to parents of under 18s caught with alcohol
• 1333 young people engaged with through the Matthew Project
• 61% decrease in crime and disorder reports linked to street drinking in CAP area compared to a 25% decrease across the rest of Norfolk


Hayling Island CAP, Hampshire
• 41% decrease in anti-social behavior
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking at least weekly fell from 12% to 5%


Hebden Bridge CAP, West Yorkshire
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking at least weekly fell from 22% to 3%


Islington CAP, London
• 50% reduction in youth alcohol-related accidents requiring the attention of the London Ambulance Service
• 100% pass rate in test purchase exercise following CAP training initiative


Kingsthorpe and St David’s CAP, Northamptonshire
• 4 fewer “problem areas” where underage young people are drinking
• 30% reduction in calls from the public about underage drinkers causing public order problems
• 41% reduction in attempted proxy purchase
• 100% pass rate in test purchase exercise following CAP retailer training


Mansfield CAP, Nottinghamshire
• 53% reduction in youth anti-social behavior
• 14% reduction in attempted proxy purchase


Peterlee CAP, Durham
• 66% decrease in alcohol litter at problem locations
• Six fewer anti-social behaviour hotspots in the area
• Only 9% of residents report underage drinking as being a “very big problem” after the CAP was set up compared to 46% before the CAP


Reading CAP, Berkshire
• Decline in test purchase failures from 72% in January 2015 to 17% in August 2017
• Alcohol litter problems decreased significantly in 9 of 15 problem locations


Sutton in Ashfield CAP, Nottinghamshire
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking on a weekly basis fell from 31% to 26% (Year One of CAP) to 13% (Year Two)
• 27% of residents reported underage drinking as being a very big or fairly big problem after the CAP was set up compared to 39% before


Swanscombe CAP, Kent
• The number of public spaces identified as being ‘problem areas’ for public underage drinking fell from 17 to 4
• Percentage of retailers reporting attempted proxy purchase to be at least a monthly problem fell from 43% to 0%
• 100% of retailed reported an improved relationship with police and trading standards
• 34% decrease in residents’ perceptions that youth-related anti-social behavior was a problem


Todmorden CAP, West Yorkshire
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking on a weekly basis fell from 16% to 3%
• Only 12% of residents reported young people being drunk or rowdy in public places to be a big or fairly big problem after the CAP was set up compared to 66% before the CAP
• 100% compliance with Challenge 25 test purchase exercise compared to 40% at outset


Tower Hamlets CAP, London
• 62% decrease in anti-social behavior across the CAP area (2015-2017)
• 87% decrease in alcohol seizures
• 80% decrease in youth disorder


Wakefield Central CAP, West Yorkshire
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking on a weekly basis fell from 24% to 3%
Wantage and Grove CAP, Oxfordshire
• Percentage of Year 9-11s who do not drink at all increased from 17% to 25%
• Percentage of Year 9-11s drinking on a weekly basis fell from 15% to 8%
• 28% reduction in residents reporting underage drinking as being a problem in the area
• 100% pass rate in test purchase exercise following CAP training initiative

Collaborative working between a wide range of local stakeholders with a clear focus on shared aims and objectives is at the heart of the success of CAP.

Derek Lewis
Chairman of CAP