Following the busy Christmas party season, Dry January is a great way to kick start the new year.
We are again supporting this annual campaign, which is run by Alcohol Concern and supports you to quit drinking for the whole of January.
There are a number of reasons to take part in Dry January such as that it will help you to lose weight, save money (particularly helpful after the expensive festive period) and overall making you healthier and feel better. If financial and health reasons aren’t enough, you can also get involved to raise money for a worthy cause – whatever the motivation, there is support available.
Reducing intake slightly can make a huge difference to your health. Giving up alcohol for a whole month gives your body time to recover you will be able to change your relationship with alcohol for the long term. The recommendation is that people have at least three consecutive days alcohol free each week.
There is lots of support available from Alcohol Concern and us. If you want some dedicated professional support then our health trainers are here to help and guide you every step of the way to a healthier lifestyle. To see a health trainer please fill in the online referral form, ring 0300 003 4566 or email email@example.com.
Our substance misuse services are also always on hand to offer advice and support. For free confidential advice, please contact them on 0345 603 6993 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information, including the referral form, can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-trainers.
Alcohol Concern has launched a dedicated app to support your Dry January efforts. The app provides you with a progress calendar, money and calories saved tracker and additional support should you need it. You can find the app, called Dry January and Beyond on the Apple app store or Google Play.
Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, Jerry Wickham, said: “After a busy festive period of over-indulgence, January is the ideal time to start thinking about making healthier choices and getting the new year off on a healthier start.
“We’d love to see friends, family and colleagues all joining in Dry January together and encouraging each other every step of the way, with professional support there if needed.
“Too much alcohol can lead to a number of health problems so managing what you drink can make a huge difference.”
More information about Dry January can be found at www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january.
To find out more about your alcohol consumption and to provide an indication whether you need to consider making some lifestyle changes please complete this short survey – www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-drug-and-alcohol
How much do people drink?*
- In 2015 in England, 55% of men said that they had drunk in the last year and that their average weekly alcohol consumption was no more than 14 units.
- 64% of women in England said that they had drunk in the last year and that their average weekly intake was no more than 14 units.
- In 2015, 11% of men and 7% of women in England said that their average weekly alcohol consumption was more than 14 units but no more than 21 units.
- In 2015 in England, 12% of men and 6% of women said that their average weekly alcohol consumption was more than 21 units but no more than 35 units.
- In 2015, 4% of men and 2% of women in England said that their average weekly alcohol consumption was more than 35 units but no more than 50 units.
- In 2015 in England, 4% of men and 1% of women said that their average weekly alcohol consumption was more than 50 units
*information from Drink Aware
According to the latest snapshot of Wiltshire by Local Alcohol Profiles England:
- There is a population of 380,000 over 16s in Wiltshire
- 106,000 of those are drinking at an increasing or higher risk
- 27,000 are drinking at higher risk
- 18,000 show signs of being dependent drinkers
- This means that at least one in three people are drinking too much (over 14 units a week)