Go dry this January - for health and charity

Dr Graham Wardman, Director of Public Health, NHS Calderdale
Dr Graham Wardman, Director of Public Health, NHS Calderdale

Calderdale health bosses have enouraged people to sign up to a Dry January - to save money, boost health and raise cash for charity.

The charity Alcohol Concern has launched a fund and awareness-raising campaign called Dry January.

Calderdale’s public health department is encouraging people to take part in the campaign which asks people to stay off the booze for 31 days.

Graham Wardman, director of public health in Calderdale said: “Dry January gives people the incentive to give up alcohol for a month and take time to think about their relationship with alcohol and the positive effect abstaining, or cutting down can have.”

Alcohol in moderation is not harmful but drinking over the recommended guidelines can have a negative impact - putting on weight, stomach upsets, headaches, difficulty in sleeping and raised blood pressure. And drinking to excess can cause serious health problems such as liver disease, cancers, strokes and injury to the brain.

Emily Robinson, of Alcohol Concern, said: “Many of us think the way we drink isn’t a problem, but even having just a few beers after work or a few glasses of wine at home too often can take you over safe limits and store up problems for the future. We’re not being killjoys or telling people to never drink again, we just think this provides the perfect opportunity for all of us to take a breather and get thinking about our drinking.”

For more information visit http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk.