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Dry January campaign benefits backed by health bosses

Dates: 29, December, 2017

Lincolnshire residents have been encouraged to stay off alcohol for a month and improve their health as part of a national campaign.

Dry January gets underway on January 1 and urges people to avoid drinking alcohol for the whole month.

The campaign aims to make people realise they don’t need alcohol in their life, they can improve their general health and wellbeing as well as lowering their risk of alcohol related illnesses.

Health bosses at NHS Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group have backed the campaign and said reducing alcohol intake is an important way of improving your health.

Weight loss

Wendy Martin, lead nurse, midwife and quality at the CCG, said: “Drinking less alcohol has a number of health benefits and helps you to sleep better, to lose weight and your skin improves.

“Many of us like to unwind with a glass of something in the evening but if you’re not careful it’s easy for the occasional glass in the evening to quickly become two or three glasses most days.

“Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. This is the same as six pints of average strength beer a week.

Wendy Martin

“Regularly drinking more than this can increase the risk to your health. If you drink less than 14 units a week, this is considered low-risk drinking.

“It’s called “low risk” rather than “safe” because there is no safe drinking level.

Harm

“The type of illnesses you can develop after regularly drinking more than 14 units a week includes various cancers, strokes, heart disease and liver disease.

“It may seem like you don’t drink much, but a drink or two most evenings can do harm to your body.

“From making you gain weight to increasing your risk of cancer, alcohol can have serious effects on your body. The more you drink, and the more often, the greater the risk to your health.

“As part of Dry January, by giving up alcohol for a month, you are doing your body a lot of good. As well as the health benefits, you will also be saving yourself money.

“It would be great if people took part in Dry January, experienced the health benefits and decided to drink less alcohol in future.”

To get involved with Dry January or to find out more information about the apps and support available during the month, visit https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january

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