Shake off the Christmas tipples and Go Dry in January

Release Date: 04/01/2017

Reap the rewards of remaining alcohol free for an entire month and give Dry January a go.

See your mood become more stable, your skin become clearer, lose weight and get a better night's sleep by going dry in January. By taking part in the 'Dry January' campaign, which is run by Public Health England and supported by Richmond Council, 2017 could be the year of health for you.

When your friends and family ask why you're not drinking - you can bring them into the challenge as well. By signing up to the challenge, you can easily get some fundraising going and raise money for good causes through your abstinence.

For those needing some ‘inspiration’ before they give up the booze, residents are reminded that they can check the online free drinks checker. The Richmond DrinkChecker website aims to raise awareness of alcohol, health and safer drinking. Residents can use the site to help set goals to drink less, see how much they can save in cash and calories by reducing their drinking and find information about local support services.

Richmond Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Lisa Blakemore, said:

"Remaining alcohol free for a month brings a significant range of health benefits - clearer skin, a better night's sleep and money in your pocket. You've got nothing to lose by taking part so get involved in Dry January from New Year's Day!

"You're more likely to stick with it and feel the benefits if you sign-up, so take the challenge, banish the booze and feel like a new you! So go for it, take time out and prove to yourself that you can say no to the tipple."

For more information and to sign-up visit Alcohol Concern or access the Richmond Drink Checker

Updated: 5 January 2017