30 December 2015

Northamptonshire residents are being reminded there is still time to sign up to Dry January in 2016.

About Dry January

Adopting healthier lifestyles, saving money and losing weight are just three of the benefits that people could experience if they participate in the Alcohol Concern initiative.

Dry January is also a chance for people to reassess their relationship with alcohol as excessive drinking can dramatically increase the risk of a wide range of health problems including high blood pressure, liver disease, cancer and dementia.

Evidence from Alcohol Concern shows that six months after completing Dry January, participants not only drink less frequently and less per drinking day, but they also getting drunk less.

County council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing Councillor Robin Brown said: “Once the excesses of Christmas are over, many of us plan to start the year in a healthy way. Dry January is a great way to do this, and a chance for people to reset their relationship with alcohol.

“People who have taken part in previous years have said that after 31 days without alcohol they sleep better, lose weight and generally feel more energetic. Plus they have proved to themselves that they can say no to a drink or two, and that they can still have a good time without having to drink alcohol.”

Anyone who signs up to Dry January will receive tips via email, plus advice on they might be feeling during the challenge, and how to be confident when not drinking.

To find out more or sign up to the challenge visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk.

You can also join the Dry January online community at Facebook.com/DryJanuary and follow updates on Twitter @dryjanuary.