Beat the booze this January

Release Date: 08 January 2019

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

Dry January is the annual campaign run by the national charity Alcohol Change UK. Now in its seventh year, Richmond Council is again supporting the challenge, asking people to put the excesses of the festive period behind them and start the New Year with 31 days off the booze to feel healthier, save money and re-set their relationship with alcohol.  

Taking part in the one month challenge has a number of benefits, including:

  • Reset your relationship with alcohol – realise you don’t need it
  • New year, new you – do Dry January and feel healthier and happier
  • You sleep better
  • Your skin improves
  • You lose weight
  • More money in your pocket (the average person spends £50,000 on booze in their lifetime)
  • Get healthier – through giving up alcohol for a month you do your insides a lot of good
  • Amazing sense of achievement!

Research shows that in Richmond upon Thames, about 54,000 (35%) adults drink more than the recommended maximum of 14 units per week.

Across England and London, alcohol is leading to an increasing number of hospitalizations. In Richmond, yearly there are over 2,800 hospital admissions due to alcohol-related conditions, with 62 deaths due to preventable alcohol-related conditions.

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 Piers Allen, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, said:

“After the excesses of the festive period, Dry January is a great opportunity to give your body a break from alcohol at a time when many other people are also taking a month off. 

“Drinking above the low risk limit puts us at more risk from around 60 different medical conditions, including at least seven types of cancer. Regular drinking also makes us more tired, anxious and less productive, so taking some time out can have real positive effects on our health and wellbeing.  

“Dry January can also stop drinking becoming too much of a regular thing – research shows three-quarters of people who complete the month are drinking at lower levels six months on.

“We’re encouraging people to get family, friends and colleagues on board too. It can be a real motivating factor taking on a challenge together and we know that it can make us more likely to succeed.”

For more information or to sign up visit the Alcohol Concern website.

Notes for editors

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Updated: 1 February 2019