Join the Dry January Campaign

Can you steer clear of booze for 31 days? 

With the festive excess gone, Healthy Norwich is challenging city residents to join Dry January 2015.

Dry January is a national campaign to give up alcohol for 31 days and give yourself a healthier start to the new year.

By banishing the booze you can save money, lose weight, feel better and even break bad habits that may have been creeping up on you unawares.

Dry January 2015 is organised by Alcohol Concern. Last year more than 17,000 people all over the UK  signed up to the  campaign. Many were sponsored to raise money or held Dry January events at work or in their communities.

Healthy Norwich is the initiative launched in 2013, and involving NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Norwich City Council, Broadland District Council, Norfolk County Council Public Health and other partners, to help local people lead healthier lifestyles.

Tracy Williams, a nurse and member of the Norwich CCG Governing Body, said: “We want people to have a great time and still be healthy. We want you to go to that party, to turn up for that pub quiz, to go for that long weekend away, but ditch the wine and beer and choose a soft drink for company instead.

“After the Christmas and New Year break, January is the perfect time to give your body a break from alcohol”

Last year people who took part in Dry January said they enjoyed the challenge - some lost weight, some slept better and almost everyone saved money

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
  • Alcohol consumption is high risk factors for cancer in particular cancers of the mouth and liver.
  • In 2011/12 there were an estimated 9,000 A&E attendances related to alcohol for the Norwich CCG population. There were also 801 alcohol-specific hospital admissions costing the NHS £928,226.
  • The peak age for admission was 40 to 44 years of age and 5% were for ages less than 20 years

If you are worried about your drinking, then you can find help at the Norfolk Recovery Partnership or from The Matthew Project