New year? Become a happier, healthier you with Dry January

Release Date: 03 January 2018

Kick off the new year by becoming a happier, healthier you and go alcohol free this month.

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, 2018 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.

Cllr Mark Boyle, Cabinet member for Public Health, said:

“Going alcohol free has significant health benefits – you sleep better, your skin improves and it helps you lose weight. You’ve got nothing to lose so why not get involved?

“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!”

For more information or to sign up visit the Dry January website

Notes for editors

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Reference: P004/18

Updated: 31 January 2018