An initiative to tackle underage drinking and associated problems, which sees
Halton Borough Council, local services and businesses working together, was
launched yesterday (20 July) at Murdishaw Community Centre.
Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) will raise awareness of the impact underage
drinking has on the local community and reduce young people’s access to alcohol
by building on existing work already undertaken by Halton Council and Cheshire
The launch was attended by representatives from Spar, Asda and
the Co-op as well as Halton Council, Cheshire Police, Young Addaction, Liverpool
Housing Trust, The Alcohol Education Trust and Change, Grow, Live (CGL). All of
the agencies and the local businesses involved, will be working together to
reduce underage drinking and associated antisocial behaviour.
plan of activities will aim to bring about sustainable improvements through
education, intelligence-led enforcement and offering positive alternatives to
young people that promote a healthy lifestyle.
A new poster warning
youngsters that it is illegal to use borrowed or fake ID to buy alcohol will be
launched as part of the project.
Halton Borough Council's Executive
Board Member for Trading Standards, Cllr Dave Cargill, said: “I am pleased to
announce this new initiative for Halton. We know from our recent work that
reducing underage drinking is important to our local community.
effects of young people drinking alcohol on their health, their futures and
those who suffer when drinking spills over into anti-social behaviour, can be
"This Partnership recognises that we all have a role to play in
tackling the problem and by working together, we can bring about a change in
attitudes and behaviour.”
Derek Lewis, Chairman of Community Alcohol
Partnerships said: “I am delighted at the launch of the Halton Community Alcohol
Partnership scheme. Community Alcohol Partnerships are a tried and tested way of
driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier