Community Alcohol Partnerships

Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) bring together local retailers & licensees, trading standards, police, health services, education providers and other local stakeholders to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour.

The CAP model is unique in that it recognises that retailers and licensees are part of the solution and has been shown to be more effective than traditional enforcement methods alone. Each CAP scheme operates in a clearly delineated and usually compact local community and draws on local partners to develop and implement delivery at grassroots level.

The Retail of Alcohol Standards Group developed the first CAP in 2007 as a way of tacking the demand side of alcohol, in addition to the supply side, which had declined following the success of Community Alcohol Partnerships. Funding for Community Alcohol Partnerships is provided by all major alcohol retailers and a number of alcohol producers.

Community Alcohol Partnerships is now a Community Interest Company with an independent Chair, Derek Lewis, and a Board of Directors including retailers and members from the voluntary and charity sectors, the police and trading standards.

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