In Lancashire, Community Alcohol Networks (CANs) have been developed by the Trading Standards Alcohol and Tobacco team, in conjunction with Lancashire Constabulary, to adopt a partnership approach to reduce alcohol-related crime and problems amongst young people.
The project was established with the aims of reducing young people's access to alcohol in order to reduce risky drinking and alcohol fuelled anti social behaviour. It also aimed to reduce problems by tackling proxy purchasing through enhanced enforcement activity in identified hotspots. In addition it aimed to raise awareness of alcohol related health and social issues amongst young people, parents and the wider community.
Over 12 weeks the Community Alcohol Networks were claimed to have achieved :
- 51 per cent reduction in alcohol fuelled anti social behaviour
- violent crime has reduced by 22 per cent
- criminal damage has seen an 11 per cent reduction > > > > Read More