How can you prevent alcohol-related crime?
- Report underage sales of alcohol to the police and your local authority
- Report any problems with licensed premises, such as selling alcohol to people who are underage, to the police and local authority
- Ensure your community retailers are aware of your concerns.
- Talk to your children about alcohol and the effects of alcohol misuse and encourage responsible and moderate drinking
- Ensure you know what your children are doing and where they are going
- Take responsibility for any alcohol stored in the home, checking that it is not being taken onto the streets by your children
- Lead by example by taking responsibility for your own actions.
- Provide alcohol misuse education to students
- Take responsibility for your own actions and talk to your Police School Liaison Officer.
Pubs and licensees
- Join and support PubWatch
- Take responsibility for ensuring that alcohol is not sold to under 18s by training staff in the implementation of Challenge 25. This includes checking whether the person has acceptable ID.
- Train door staff and bar staff to deal with people who have had too much to drink
- Refuse to serve people you believe have had too much to drink.
Alcohol Awareness Seminars
Cheshire Police are active all year round in targeting underage drinking which includes delivering alcohol awareness seminars to young people. As a Schools Liaison Officer for Warrington, PC Jeff Mather gives alcohol talks to all secondary schools and colleges in the area and because of his direct contact with young people, he understands how to best dicuss hard hitting subjects such as alcohol misuse, which is a rising problem among teenagers. Jeff says:
"My work as an Schools Liason Officer can be a challenge at times because of the variety of schools I attend to deliver workshops. The subject of alcohol abuse can be a difficult area to tackle when speaking to young people. Rather than pointing the finger at them, and issuing the risks and dangers, we use an informal approach and encourage interaction.
Underage drinking is a problem area for us, but by targeting Year 10 and 11s at secondary school age, we hope to influence their way of thinking. Those getting such easy access to alcohol are drinking 40% proof vodka and spirits and taking it to school or local playing fields to consume with friends. We know it is happening and use this knowledge to educate this age group with a talk called 'Why young people take risks', about how alcohol can affect your decision making or personality, can make you less inhibited and can make you try things that you wouldn’t try before. We also use hard hitting graphic photographs and video footage to make an impact and promote thought amongst younger people.
It is not always recognised what impact excessive drinking can have on our streets or the harm that alcohol can do in local communities which is why it is so effective to use platforms such as fresher’s weeks to offer advice and guidance. This can be information on the recommended alcohol units per week, the health consequences of prolonged alcohol misuse and how getting wasted can result in a night in a police cell if you are committing anti-social behaviour because you have had too much to drink. We need to get to the root of the problem of alcohol misuse, and for me that starts in the class room with education."