Community Alcohol Partnership
Boston's newly formed Community Alcohol Partnership has hit the ground running, with every off licence in Boston receiving visits to highlight issues around under-age drinking.
Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) bring together local retailers and licensees, trading standards, police, health services, schools and other agencies to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour. There are over 160 CAPs operating throughout the UK. Funding for CAPs is provided by all major alcohol retailers and a number of alcohol producers.
The county launch of Lincolnshire's first CAP was held in Boston at The Stump. Partners include the police, the borough council, public health, youth services, Addaction, Boston Mayflower and schools with backing from major retailers such as Tesco, Asda and the Co-op and independent retailers.
Alcohol is very often a factor in crime, in hospital admissions and in anti-social behaviour. On a national level alcohol abuse costs the UK around £7.3 billion a year.
By becoming a CAP, off licences will receive high standards of free training in such schemes as Challenge 25 and learn ways to prevent alcohol being sold to adults for minors.
Schools will also receive education material and teacher training support. Young people will be encouraged to keep out of trouble through positive diversionary activity.
There is also an enforcement arm, so police, licensing and trading standards can work together where training and education has not proved successful.
Future plans include a major community-based event to raise awareness of problem drinking.
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