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Dry January 2018

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With Christmas right around the corner, it’s important to consider your health and wellbeing during and after the festive season. Alcohol Concern is working together with Action for Children, Breast Cancer Now, British Liver Trust, Hospice UK, Crisis and the World Cancer Research Fund to encourage people to join in with Dry January.  Joining the campaign will give you the chance to save some money, ditch the hangover and lose some weight in the process.

Why sign up to Dry January?

  • Excess alcohol can raise your risk of stroke, liver damage, certain cancers, and dementia.
  • Drinking less alcohol reduces blood pressure and hypertension, diseases that can often be prevented.
  • 67% of long term drinkers who took the challenge reported reduced drinking levels six months later.
  • 79% of participants saved money.
  • 62% of participants had more energy and better sleep.
  • Almost half of Dry January participants lost weight.

What are the benefits of having a break from alcohol?

The benefits are enormous! Going 31 days without alcohol can reduce weight, induce better sleep, give you more energy, and provide of host of other benefits.  Aimed at changing our relationship with alcohol, Dry January isn’t meant to vilify every drink you have, but instead raise awareness of drinking habits and incorporate healthier views and practices regarding alcohol consumption.

What resources are available?

Interested in joining the challenge? Join thousands of others who have already pledged to go alcohol free this January and learn more by visiting the Alcohol Concern website.  Check out the alcohol impact calculator and the Dry January app to learn about your drinking habits and track your progress!

For information on support to help you eat well, move more, drink less and stop smoking e-mail us at oneyou.hounslow@nhs.net or call us on 020 8973 3530.

Dry January 2018