Youths and excessive consumption of alcohol in public spaces

The Safer Drinking Scenes (SDS) project is dedicated to excessive consumption of alcohol in public spaces. Its approach is original because it encompasses:

  • the consequences of Binge Drinking in terms of security and risks (both for the victims and authors), including health risks;
  • the input of the local level to the European level, which has been the core mission of the European and French Forums for Urban Security.

Although Binge Drinking among youths is not new, it is a growing phenomenon in most cities. Local authorities are increasingly preoccupied by it, and they now consider it as a priority. The French Forum for Urban Security (FFSU according to its French acronym) has been working on this theme for several years now, and leads since 2007 a national working group on Binge Drinking it set up together with a dozen member-cities of its network.

This phenomenon has now expanded to most European cities and the time has come to set up a system by which numerous European cities will be able to exchange and share experiences, practices and recommendations. The FFSU, which has a long experience in this field and whose network of cities totals more than 100 members, will work together with the European Forum (Efus) and other national Forums so that the SDS project, as well as its outcomes, can truly be shared throughout Europe.

The planned duration of the project is 30 months. It has received funds from the European Commission, as part of its “Prevention and fight against crime” ISEC 2009 programme.


The objectives of the SDS project are:

– To improve knowledge about this phenomenon among concerned stakeholders (local elected officials, police, professionals), and raise awareness in the general public, in particular among youths and parents;

– Provide local stakeholders with efficient working tools;

– Improve and strengthen local partnerships;

– Foster dialogue and exchange among European cities, and set up a long-lasting exchange network;

– Gather information and knowledge from research and studies led throughout Europe;

– List the best practices carried out in European cities, and the most successful awareness campaigns;

– Share partner-cities’ experiences and give an overview of their national context (legal, political and social);

– Organise field visits among partner-cities;

– Define and write up a series of recommendations that can be applied by all, throughout Europe;

– Create a long-lasting network, open to all European cities, in order to share the knowledge accumulated as well as experiences and advice.

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