With festive celebrations hitting their peak one local NHS organisation is urging drinkers to ditch the drink and take part in Dry January.
With 2015 coming to a close Solent NHS Trust, which provides community and specialist mental health services in Portsmouth, Southampton and other parts of Hampshire, is encouraging everyone to make a positive start to 2016 and sign up to Dry January now.
“There is absolutely no reason why people can’t start thinking about making an improvement to their health and cutting back on the alcohol before the last bell chimes on December 31,” said Claire Tromans, one of the Trust’s Fit 4 Life Project Workers.
“Over the festive season many of us will probably drink a lot more alcohol than we usually would, which is why many people make the decision to have a break and take part in Dry January.
“Drinking more than the recommended limits on a regular basis can have serious long-term implications for your health. There are proven links to types of cancer, plus conditions including liver disease, anxiety, stomach ulcers, raised blood pressure, strokes and dementia.
“A period of abstinence, even for just a month, can really help encourage less harmful, better drinking habits in the long term – with evidence from Dry January highlighting that more than two-thirds of participants are still drinking less six months later.
“Last year more than two million people joined in with Dry January, so why not get ahead of the crowd and start thinking about it now, perhaps even cutting back on some of your festive tipple.”
Dry January, now in its fourth year, challenges people to put the excesses of the festive period behind them adopt a fresh, healthy start to the new year.
In exchange for avoiding alcohol throughout January, anyone accepting the challenge can look forward to starting the year hangover free, with better sleeping patterns, better skin, more energy and more money in your pocket too.
The Trust’s Southampton Health Trainers are also on hand to support those who would like to reduce their alcohol consumption and made other health lifestyle changes. You can find out more at http://www.solenthealthyliving.nhs.uk/
You can sign up for the Dry January challenge at: http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk/