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Health Matters - Dry January 2018

ian hulme
Health Matters - Dry January 2018
10 January 2018

You've finally run out of turkey for sandwiches and curries, there are no more Christmas films on TV and the family-size box of chocolates is empty (except for the coconut ones).

Attention has now turned to the year ahead and the pledges that many of us make to be better people over the next 12 months.
Here are some of the most common New Year's resolutions:

1.         Exercise more
2.         Lose weight
3.         Eat more healthily
4.         Take a more active approach to health
5.         Learn a new skill or hobby
6.         Spend more time on personal wellbeing
7.         Spend more time with family and friends
8.         Drink less alcohol
9.         Stop smoking

Have you made a New Year’s resolution?  If your goal is to drink less, motivation is at hand in the form of Dry January - alcoholconcern.org.uk/dry-january. Dry January is a fundraiser organised by Alcohol Concern – a national charity dedicated to changing the UK’s drinking culture.

While most people try to do something about their health or wellbeing, there are loads of reasons for taking part in Dry January. Here are just a few, all of which are possible by making a few small changes for 31 days:

• Reset your relationship with alcohol - realise you don't need it

• New year, new you - do Dry January and feel healthier and happier as:

o you sleep better
o your skin improves
o you lose weight

• More money in your pocket (the average person spends £50,000 on booze in their lifetime)

• Get healthier - by drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol a week you will be reducing your risk of stroke, heart disease, liver disease, brain damage, various cancers and damage to the nervous system.

• Amazing sense of achievement!

So do you think you are up to the challenge? Visit alcoholconcern.org.uk/Pages/Site/dry-january/Category/get-involved  to find out more about the Dry January campaign and how you can get involved.