United Kingdom: Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) launched in Ripon to tackle underage drinking and antisocial behaviour
April 7, 2022
Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has officially launched in Ripon (6 April 2022) to help tackle underage drinking and associated antisocial behaviour.
Nationally, 240 CAPs have been introduced, and there they are a proven approach to the issue.
In the CAPS already running:
- 61% reductions in weekly drinking by teenagers
- 50% drop in young people hanging round shops and asking adults to buy alcohol
- 42% decline in anti-social behaviour involving drink
Police will work with retailers, schools, neighbourhood groups, Trading Standards, local authorities and other emergency and health services.
CAP is a community interest company with an aim to prevent underage drinking and resulted harm in local communities.
The aim of the scheme is to tackle the problem at more of a base-root level, and to stop the sale of alcohol to under-18s, to stop “proxy” purchasing of alcohol by adults to give to under-18s, and to educate young people to understand the risks better.
The action is in response to concerns raised by local paper, concerns that have been backed up by the force’s own statistics.