Off licences asked not to stock 'super-strength' alcohol
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Communities, Local Government
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Off licences in a London borough are being requested to voluntarily agree to not stock 'super-strength' alcohol.
Camden Council and the Metropolitan Police have introduced the scheme, which requests alcohol vendors stop selling drinks such as lager and cider that are over 6.5% in strength.
Super-strength products are bought by a very small proportion of the general public but statistically have a far greater negative impact on the wider community.
Following the success of a similar trial in Suffolk, it is hoped the scheme will reduce the negative impacts of anti-social behaviour and ill-health linked to the sale and consumption of high-strength, cheap alcohol.
The initiative will also see the council’s safer streets team offer support to Camden’s street population, providing advice to individuals who require help by sign-posting them towards specialist services.
Councillor Abdul Hai, cabinet Member for community safety, said: “There are clear benefits to tackling the impact certain super-strength alcohol products have in relation to crime, anti-social behaviour and the health and wellbeing of our residents.
“Through this pilot we hope to be able to encourage retailers to no longer stock these potentially damaging products by demonstrating to owners the longer-term benefits such as reducing shoplifting, increasing takings and providing a safer environment for both customers and staff.”
Metropolitan Police chief inspector Penny Mills added: “With the support of local businesses, we can achieve a reduction in anti-social behaviour, protect the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our society and improve the quality of life for those who work, live and visit Camden.
“We have seen reductions in alcohol related violence in Camden over the past year and are looking to build on this to reduce anti-social behaviour further.”