Underage drinking and irresponsible boozing are being targeted by a new scheme launching in Castleford later this month.
The Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) will focus on tackling alcohol-related problems in parts of Airedale, Ferry Fryston and Townville.
It will involve working with shops, pubs, enforcement agencies, schools and parents to reduce the access young people have to alcohol and to inform them about sensible drinking limits. The CAP will build on the existing work undertaken by the council’s trading standards service and local police teams.
The initiative has been set up by Airedale and Ferry Fryston Neighbourhood Management in partnership with Wakefield Council, Wakefield and District Housing (WDH), police, local retailers and the Community Alcohol Partnerships CiC.
It will launch at The Hut, Airedale, on Friday, May 30, following a number of successful trials across the country. The CAP will follow recommendations set out in the government’s alcohol strategy.
It is estimated that in a community of 100,000 people, more than 400 11-15-year-olds will be drinking on a weekly basis.
Mike Dixon, chairman of the neighbourhood management, said: “To reduce underage drinking and to promote responsible drinking, we need to work together with those who sell alcohol, better understand the problems people face and try to deal with them. The knock-on effects of binge drinking to individuals and local communities can be severe and together we can bring in a change in attitudes and behaviour.”
Dr Andrew Furber, director of public health, (pictured inset) said: “We welcome this new initiative, which will help to reduce various alcohol related issues that can have serious long term effects to health and cause damage to families.”