Portsmouth launches fresh drive to eliminate under-age drinking

A drive has been launched against under-age drinking this week
A drive has been launched against under-age drinking this week
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A crackdown on under-age drinking is being launched in Portsmouth.

Organisations in Fratton and Milton are to team up this week with shops that sell alcohol to tackle the issue and the anti-social behaviour that arises from excess drinking.

By working together to reduce young people’s access to alcohol and change attitudes towards substance misuse, I believe we can help young people achieve their full potential, prevent anti-social behaviour and reduce offending.

Hampshire police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes

The initiative – known as a Community Alcohol Partnership – will run as part of Alcohol Awareness Week, an awareness campaign through to Sunday.

Activities are being drawn up aimed at educating youngsters about the dangers associated with drinking and encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

One of the priorities is stopping young people getting hold of alcohol – and Tesco will help by providing free training for independent retailers on responsible selling practices, including the Challenge 25 policy and how to spot fake ID.

The partnership will also look to educate parents as a recent survey showed they were children’s easiest access to alcohol.

Hampshire police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes backed the campaign.

He said: ‘I’m very pleased to support the Community Alcohol Partnership in Portsmouth.

‘By working together to reduce young people’s access to alcohol and change attitudes towards substance misuse, I believe we can help young people achieve their full potential, prevent anti-social behaviour and reduce offending.’

It follows the success of a Community Alcohol Partnership on Hayling Island.

Hayling West councillor Andy Lenaghan said: ‘We were having problems with youngsters being sold alcohol, but we are getting there. We had a high level of anti-social behaviour at the time, and it’s now been brought down considerably.’

President of the Portsmouth Youth Parliament, Sayeeda Nur, said: ‘Despite what we see in the media most young people don’t drink regularly, however, it’s still important that we educate teenagers to prevent drinking becoming a problem in the future.’