We realise it's a busy old time of the year with Christmas fast approaching and all the booze-infused celebrations that tend to come with it.
As we in the police know only too well, it's also a period when people's lives can begin to unravel due to the very real pressures faced during the past 12 months and beyond.
Probably the most common factor that we encounter when dealing with people's struggles - whether used as a coping mechanism, pure escapism or experimentation - is the excessive use of alcohol.
This includes school-age children, young people in their late teens and early 20s, parents and grandparents, manual workers and professionals - pretty much every walk of life.
To get a better understanding about this issue regarding people's relationship with alcohol, we are happy to support this year's national Alcohol Awareness Week -www.alcoholchange.org.uk - which is happening right now.
The key messages are being promoted by our Licensing Team together with the Scarborough CAP (Community Alcohol Partnerships), with an emphasis on underage and street drinking which are noted as particular concerns in Scarborough.
This work involves:
Training and supporting local retailers
Providing help and information for young people, parents and communities
Educating young people, parents and communities
Targeting adults who supply alcohol to young people
Sharing information between partners
For more information about what's being done locally, please email: [email protected].
If you have any information relating to the supply of alcohol to young people or street drinking, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.