Go Alcohol-free for Dry January 2019

PR2203/JP/MH - 31/12/2018

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging local people to lead a healthier lifestyle in 2019 by adjusting their alcohol habits with Alcohol Change UK.

People who ditch alcohol for only 3 weeks, lose weight, avoid hangovers, have improved skin, save money and sleep better.

Alcohol is linked with more than 60 health conditions including liver disease, high blood pressure, depression and 7 types of cancer. Alcohol misuse is also the biggest cause of death, ill-health and disability for people aged 15-40 in the UK. Cutting down reduces these health risks dramatically.

In 2017 there were 7,697 alcohol-specific deaths in the UK. This is the highest level since 2008. In 2016/17 in England and Wales, 20.6% of criminal damage and 21.5% of hate crimes had the offender under the influence of alcohol.

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging local people to get involved in the challenge by signing up for Dry January at https://alcoholchange.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/dry-january. The site has a free app to help people follow their progress and make it easier to stay on track. It also features how much money has been saved by not drinking and can keep an eye on all the calories that have been cut out. Everybody who signs up will receive regular support emails and tips from health experts to help anyone who is struggling with the process.

Councillor Webster Cabinet Member for Community said:

“Take control of your life and join the millions of people that take on the Dry January challenge. You can help to raise money for good causes by donating that you save from not drinking to charity.

“Almost 60% of participants last year lost weight & almost 88% saved money by not buying alcohol. There are lots of health benefits, giving you time to evaluate the amount of alcohol you consume.

“It only takes 3 weeks to break a habit and take control of your drinking. Anyone can get involved and it’s easy to sign up and get started on your journey”.