Tower Hamlets scheme to stop alcohol sale to minors

PUBLISHED: 06:00 19 July 2014




A new scheme to tackle under-age drinking has been launched by Tower Hamlets Council to stop shopkeepers selling alcohol to minors.

The community alcohol partnership (CAP) is a national initiative which hopes to create a culture of responsible drinking to decrease drink-related anti-social behaviour among the young.

Launched at an event at Weavers Field, Bethnal Green, on Wednesday last week, it makes Tower Hamlets only the second inner-city borough to sign up for such a scheme.

The CAP will be led by the council’s consumer and business regulations service, which will work closely with off-licences, retailers such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco, along with the health services, the Met Police, housing associations and schools. Derek Lewis, chair of the national CAP programme, said: “I am delighted at the launch of a Community Alcohol Partnership in Tower Hamlets.

“Locally tailored partnerships that recognise retailers and licensees are an important part of the solution are a tried and tested way of driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods.

“Successful CAPs rely on the support of local stakeholders and the support of the Tower Hamlets community will be vital.”

Dr Somen Banerjee, council director of public health, said: “Cutting back on the amount of alcohol you drink can make a big difference to how you feel and improve your overall health.

“Regularly drinking more than the recommended amount can increase your risk of suffering from more serious health harms such as liver disease, heart disease, stroke, cancer and mental health problems.”

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