Jul 21
Bid to tackle underage drinking launched

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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.

The Halton 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 Police.

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.

An action 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.

"The 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 severe.

"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 neighbourhoods.”

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