Welcome to Community Alcohol Partnerships

AP activity will always be locally determined but will generally encourage and include a focus on education, enforcement, public perception, communication, postive activities and evaluation. 

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Education is key to raising awareness about the impact of underage alcohol consumption on health and society and the laws relating to young people and alcohol. 


An essential part of CAP is the enforcement of the laws relating to young people and alcohol including purchase of alcohol by under 18s, sales to under 18s, drinking by under 18s in public places and proxy or agent purchase.

Public perception

It is important that where schemes are successful in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in a designated area, local people feel safer as a result. Surveys of local people carried out prior to and after the pilot phase are a good way to gauge any changes in public opinion.


CAP has developed lots of publicity materials, including banners, posters and leaflets, which can be adapted to suit the needs of local schemes.

Positive activities

CAPs offer a range of alcohol-free activities for young people to enhance their confidence, health and wellbeing.


All CAPs carry out a baseline evaluation and a further evaluation at the end of the project. These demonstrate the significant positive difference they are making to their local communities.

Working with 18-25 year olds

We encourage CAPs to include an objective to promote moderate/safe drinking for their young adult (18-25) demographic in addition to their objectives linked to reducing underage drinking and our Cardiff and Reading CAPs have developed action plans with a strong focus on reducing the harm from excessive drinking in their student populations.


If you would like to find out more about CAP's work to reduce alcohol related harm and vulnerability to young adults, take a look at our blog here or contact your CAP Adviser. 

Our local CAP has seen significant results: there’s been a 17% reduction in alcohol related anti-social behaviour in just two years. But it’s about more than statistics. One aspect of the CAP has had much higher aims – to change the way young people talk about and view alcohol. That’s a significant challenge given that many of our young people use alcohol as a way of creating a social identity for themselves.

Tommy Sheppard
MP for East Edinburgh

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