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Colin Shevills

Colin Shevills

 

Keep going with Dry January

Keep going with Dry January - that is the message from Balance as figures show more people might be taking part this year than ever before.

Alcohol Change UK, the charity behind Dry January say they saw a spike in website visits after lockdown three began on January 3. And a new survey from Public Health England has found nearly half of those who increased their alcohol intake during the second lockdown (45%) intend to reduce their alcohol intake this year.

Despite a grim start to 2021, there are important reasons to reduce our drinking in 2021 to get fit, lose weight, boost our mental health and reset our relationship with alcohol. The World Health Organisation has warned that that alcohol use can weaken the immune system against infectious diseases like Covid.

One in four (25%) people in the North East who drink alcohol were planning to take on Dry January this year, according to a survey released in December by Alcohol Change UK. The figures were even higher in the North East than nationally, where 1 in 5 drinkers (20%) are planning to take part – or 1 in 8 (12.4%) of all UK adults.

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