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The misuse of alcohol and drugs is a significant contributory factor to the incidents of anti-social behaviour and violent crime including incidents such as damage to property, domestic violence and stabbings and beatings.

Young people under the age of 18 are not allowed to consume alcohol in a public place. Police Officers and Police Community Safety Officers have powers to remove alcohol from anyone under the Designated Public Places Order. They can also issue for disorder if the person refuses to cooperate.

Teenagers who drink alcohol are more than twice as likely to smoke, take illegal drugs, or abuse solvents when they have been drinking. Not to mention the sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

The responsibility for the delivery of governments' strategic response to alcohol-related disorder rests with us, the Community Safety Team and the Police, and we have a range of tools and powers available to us for the management of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour including:

Individually focused tools such as , , and .

Powers focused on geographic locations such as Designated Public Places Orders (DPPOs) which applies to the 4 towns within the South Kesteven district.

Where underage drinking, noise and loutish behaviour are associated with a particular pub or club then tools, such as closure notices which are focused on licensed premises, would be enforced by the Police.

And, more recently the much publicized Drinking Banning Orders.

So, how much is too much? Please refer to the Healthy Communities health pages for 'Change for Life' and other health related issues.

What you can do

If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Feel free to use the diary sheet below to record your incident and then, please contact us. You may find the guidance leaflet useful or you could visit the Incident Diary page for more information.

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