Drugs and alcohol

Alcohol control area

In November 2006, following public consultation, Southwark Council utilised powers under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 to introduce an alcohol control area (one of the measures used to deal with nuisance behaviour caused by street drinking).  

The alcohol control area was put in place to deal with problems of street drinking, alcohol-fuelled violence and associated antisocial behaviour. This means police and wardens can confiscate alcohol from anyone causing a nuisance in public. If they refuse to comply, it could lead to arrest and/or a maximum fine of £500.  

The alcohol control area covers the entire borough except East Dulwich Village and College wards. Licensed premises within the alcohol control area are exempt.

Southwark is the first London warden's service to be given such powers.

For more information, contact Alcohol Strategy Coordinator on 020 7525 5000.

Page last updated: 25 January 2018