After the Christmas festivities why not start the New Year by having a break from the booze and take part in Dry January?

Dry January is Alcohol Concern's national campaign challenging people to be alcohol free for 31 days. This year Cambridgeshire County Council is encouraging local residents to take part too.

Going booze free for a month can help you lose weight, improve the quality of your sleep, give you more energy and help you save money. It can also give you the opportunity to rethink your drinking habits for the future.

In Cambridgeshire, it is estimated that around 125,000 people regularly drink above the recommended maximum government unit guidelines of 21 units per week for men and 14 units per week for women. Drinking above these guidelines increases the chances of weight gain, poor general health and the chances of getting serious health conditions like cancer and high blood pressure.

In previous years people who have tried Dry January report they have experienced real benefits with 72 per cent of participants in 2014 maintaining moderate levels of drinking six months after completing the month. Other benefits include:

·         79 per cent of participants saved money

·         62 per cent of participants had better sleep and more energy

·         49 per cent of participants lost weight

Joseph Keegan Alcohol Strategic Lead at Cambridgeshire County Council said: "Dry January is not about never drinking again it's just an opportunity for people to reflect on their drinking patterns and to give their body a break from alcohol after the festive period. Last year's campaign saw 374 people sign up, this year we want to smash that. Why not give up the booze for a month by taking part in Dry January and benefit from the health kick?"

Click here to sign up and find out more: http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk/

 

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