Go dry for January

A group of staff at NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group have pledged to join the Dry January campaign and give up alcohol for a month. Dry January 2015 low res

They’re inviting everyone in Norwich to come on board and support Dry January too.

“We want people to have a great time and still be healthy,” said CCG Governing Body Member and Queen’s Nurse, Tracy Williams.

“You really can go to that party, turn up for that pub quiz or go for that long weekend away, and if you ditch the wine and beer and choose a soft drink instead you really will feel the health benefits

“After the Christmas and New Year break, January is the perfect time to detox.”

Everyone who takes part in Dry January pledges to give booze a holiday for 31 days and give themselves a healthier start to the New Year.

You can save money, lose weight, feel better, sleep more soundly and even break bad habits that may have been creeping up on you unawares.

Dry January 2015 is organised by Alcohol Concern. Last year, people who took part in Dry January said they enjoyed the experience and challenge.

So if you’re used to drinking alcohol, here are some handy tips from Alcohol Concern to make Dry January a little easier:

  • Enjoy trying new drinks – become a no-alcohol “mocktail” afficianado
  • Take up a new sport
  • Throw a tea party at work or in the community
  • Learn something new – throw yourself into a new hobby

People in Norfolk who are worried about their drinking can contact the Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP).

NRP provides advice and treatment for adults with drug and alcohol problems across Norfolk.

Their friendly, committed and enthusiastic staff offer a range of services from expert advice through to full confidential assessment, leading on to a comprehensive range of treatments to meet people’s needs.   

If you are over 18 years old you can drop in to one of their 5 bases across Norfolk and talk to a member of staff. If you want, you can be assessed for treatment straight away.  You can also phone 24 hours a day on 0300 7900 227. More athttp://www.norfolkrecoverypartnership.org.uk/     

The damage that alcohol can do is sobering:

  • Alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors for cancer especially throat and mouth cancers and can cause major liver disease.
  • Rates of hospital admissions for liver disease in England have reached record levels, rising over 100% for people under 30 in the last 10 year
  • Alcohol in excess can contribute to low mood and depression