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Gateshead - Dry January 2020

Newcastle - Dry January 2020

Northumberland - Dry January 2020

North Tyneside - Dry January 2020

South Tyneside - Dry January 2020

Sunderland - Dry January 2020

County Durham - Dry January 2020


People are challenged to “Try Dry” in January

One in 10 drinkers plan to go alcohol-free for Dry January 2020. And almost four in five (78%) Brits say they drink more than they want or intend to, according to a new online poll for Dry January.

It comes as Balance and local councils encourage friends, families and work colleagues to “try dry” this January and sign up for a Dry January.

The North East last year saw the highest rate of sign-ups for Dry January in the country and if one in 10 drinkers take part in 2020, that would mean around 195,000 people in the North East taking part.

People can download the Try Dry: the Dry January app to track their units, money and calories saved, plus many more features. Or they can sign up at for regular support emails with tips and tricks from experts and others taking part.

People who take a month off the booze can look forward to feeling healthier, saving money, sleeping better and losing weight. Research shows that Dry January participants are still drinking less six months after the challenge.

In the North East around 26% of adults – around 550,000 people - are drinking above the Chief Medical Officer guideline of no more than 14 alcohol units a week to stay “low risk.”

Read more here.