Start afresh with Dry January

The start of a new year is a great time to take on new challenges, and this January we are supporting Alcohol Changes Dry January, encouraging residents to go alcohol free this month.

Evidence shows that the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions placed on our daily lives have led to an increase in drinking for many people, particularly for those who were already drinking heavily. Almost 3 in 10 drinkers found themselves drinking more in 2021, compared to 2020, and many have developed new habits that are hard to break.

Dry January is a great opportunity to address the risks of excessive drinking and can provide amazing health benefits for your physical and mental health. Going alcohol free in January can prevent the risk of future health conditions, improve sleep patterns, give you more energy and help you save money.

Cllr Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Services, Health and Housing, said:

“If you are thinking about taking part in Dry January this year but haven’t yet started and think you may need some support, you can download Alcohol Change’s Try Dry app.

“Through the app you can track units, calories and money saved through the month, and access a free motivational email coaching programme.

“This is a great opportunity to hit the reset button and start 2022 in a healthier and more positive way.”

If you are worried about how much you are drinking and think you need help, you can contact our New Hope team by:

All contact made to the New Hope team will be kept confidential