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Cambridgeshire people are being urged to give up the booze this January

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Cambridgeshire County Council is encouraging people to discover the benefits of going Dry for January.

Dry January – a public health campaign run by the charity Alcohol Change UK sees millions of people across the UK go alcohol-free for 31 days.

Just one month without alcohol can have positive benefits like better sleep, more energy, a calmer mind, and a fuller wallet, to name a few. This year Cambridgeshire County Council is encouraging residents and employees to sign up to Dry January and discover the many benefits of going alcohol-free, including the financial, physical, and medical benefits this can bring.

Drinkers are being urged to give up the booze for Dry January.
Drinkers are being urged to give up the booze for Dry January.

Drinking alcohol is linked to more than 60 health conditions, including liver disease, high blood pressure, depression, and seven types of cancer. Every day in the UK, 20 people die as a result of their drinking.

People who have tried Dry January before have reported several benefits, including having more energy, saving money, and freeing up time and resources to spend doing things they love. Last year during Dry January, 86 per cent of participants saved money, and 65 per cent of people noticed generally improved health.

The benefits of longer-term changes in drinking behaviours Independent research has found that up to 70 per cent of participants continue to cut down their alcohol consumption and still drink more healthily six months later.

Councillor Susan Van de Ven, chair of Cambridgeshire's health and wellbeing board said: "The council is encouraging residents and employees to go Dry for January and use it as an opportunity to experience the positive benefits for themselves. More importantly, Dry January helps individuals 'reset' their relationship with alcohol and has the potential to lead to a longer-term, healthier approach to drinking alcohol.”

Jyoti Atri director for public health Cambridgeshire County Council said: “Alcohol consumption is linked as a cause of cancer and other diseases. We know many residents want to reduce their risks and giving up alcohol, even for a short time, can have many benefits. January is the perfect time to sign up to a ‘break’ from alcohol following the festive season. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on drinking patterns and take control of your relationship with alcohol. We know from previous years that people who do Dry January feel better, lose weight and save money. We also know it helps people experience the benefits of drinking less frequently which can lead to sustained commitments to a healthier lifestyle. I would encourage everyone to give it a go so they can experience these benefits first-hand.”

So, if ‘resetting’ your relationship with alcohol, having a bit more cash, better sleep and reducing the risks of serious medical conditions sounds good to you, why not join the thousands of people Going Dry this January?

Alcohol Change UK have a free app, 'Try Dry', which can double your chance of being totally alcohol-free. The app allows you to track units, calories, and money saved over the month and set goals. Visit https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january/get-involved/the-dry-january-app to find out more.

To learn more about why to go dry for January, go to https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january

Dry January is not suitable for people who are alcohol dependent who may need help from local support services to come safely off alcohol. Please get in touch with the Councils commissioned drug and alcohol support service Change Grow Live if you need support https://www.changegrowlive.org/drug-alcohol-service-cambridgeshire/cambridge

Follow #DryJanuary on social media and share your progress through the month with Alcohol Change UK!

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