Enfield Borough Council is set to crackdown on super strength alcohol by the end of the month

Enfield Borough Council and the Metropolitan Police are joining forces to stop the sale of super strength alcohol by the end of the month.

The two authorities are attempting to crack down on the viability of cheap strong booze, which usually contains more than 6.5 per cent alcohol.

In a bid to prevent its distribution, the council is encouraging off licenses across the borough to sign a voluntary undertaking to remove the super strength alcohol by January 31, 2014.

They are also keen for off licences to display posters to advise people that they do not sell a stronger tipple.

Latest statistics have revealed that around 46,000 residents in Enfield are drinking more.

The council’s cabinet member for environment, Councillor Chris Bond, said: "If retailers choose not to sign up, that’s entirely up to them, but we’ll take an incredibly dim view of premises which act irresponsibly and we’ll take very strong action against those that are unwilling or unable to behave responsibly."

A Metropolitan Police Spokesperson said: "This simple, but potentially very effective approach is designed to reduce alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour in the borough of Enfield. Partnership working involves everyone - and this includes retailers.

"I urge local off licences to sign up to this voluntary ban. By doing so they will be making a meaningful contribution to improving community safety across the borough.

The ban is believed to be one of the first of its type in the capital.

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5:43pm Fri 10 Jan 14

ponderman says...

People will just buy it from the next place.
People will just buy it from the next place. ponderman
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6:07pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Davide P says...

Will that mean specialty and craft beers will also be banned? A lot of these are stronger than 6.5% and are enjoyed responsibly, will drinkers of these be punished too?
Will that mean specialty and craft beers will also be banned? A lot of these are stronger than 6.5% and are enjoyed responsibly, will drinkers of these be punished too? Davide P
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7:24pm Mon 13 Jan 14

John Forsyth says...

Will politicians get to the real problem and take all alcohol out of corner shops. Bring back proper off licenses and ban kids from them. Whilst they are at it control the amount of fast food outlets. Its becoming a joke now as to how many new Kebab shops will be fitted into every new retail outlet.
Will politicians get to the real problem and take all alcohol out of corner shops. Bring back proper off licenses and ban kids from them. Whilst they are at it control the amount of fast food outlets. Its becoming a joke now as to how many new Kebab shops will be fitted into every new retail outlet. John Forsyth
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