Resources to deal with alcohol issues set to come to Boston

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Potential partners to a scheme which deals with issues surrounding alcohol, which could be the first in Lincolnshire, have been given a briefing today (Thursday).

The fourth meeting of the Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) saw people from Boston Mayflower, Positive Futures, Public Health england and more hear about the opportunities that the nationally recognised scheme could present.

CAPs across the country aim to bring a variety of organisations together under one ‘umbrella’ including schools, councils, public health organisations, churches, youth clubs and activity groups and more.

It looks to deal with alcohol issues, particularly related to underage drinking and the issues around that, but also street drinking, alcohol related litter and other issues through a mix of education, enforcement, public perception, communication, diversionary tactics and further evaluation.

There are currently 106 CAPS across the United Kingdom - all boasting some measure of success.

Alan Simpson, a CAP officer, told those attending: “It’s a minority of young people that are drinking, the larger minority ae not and we want to reinforce the positive social knowledge and not focus on the negative.”

The CAP scheme sees national alcohol retailers pay into a pot, from which funding can be drawn down to the local area to go towards schemes to help with one of the above methods of dealing with alcohol - including activities, posters, board games and more.

Previous initiatives have seen schools create DVDs on the danger of alcohol abuse and partner organisations listen to youngsters to provide youth clubs.

It could also see initiatives where partners would include local off-licenses and could see police working closer with responsible retailers.

Schools in a CAP area can also get resources which can normally cost tens of pounds a time for absolutely free.

During the meeting Insp Andy Morris said this scheme could have a knock-on effect on street drinking by educating people and being able to trace alcohol back to off-license - but would not be a ‘miracle cure that solved it overnight’.

It is hoped the CAP will be able to start in September, once the schools have returned from the summer holidays.

It is currently looking to do a survey of young people in the area to find out their views.

Previous meetings with Lincolnshire Police, Boston Borough Council and local schools were reported to have had positive responses.