Wet Weather Dry Council this January

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January has been a wet and cold month, but for hundreds of people who live and work in Sefton it has been a very dry one.

February marks the end of Dry January a month long challenge which has seen Sefton Council’s Public Health team lead by example. After signing up their own team they signed up other council departments, local businesses and residents to take part in this year’s pledge.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “Dry January has been well supported in Sefton and it has really made people think about their own drinking and reduce the amount they drink.

“We hope through supporting Dry January that it has helped demonstrate that little changes to the amount you drink can help make you feel healthier, sleep better and have a little more money in your pocket.”

Dry January gives people the opportunity to reflect on their alcohol use and make small changes that can have a positive impact on their drinking habits and raise awareness of potential health harm caused by drinking too much alcohol.

Even after January Sefton Council is still encouraging people to think about how much alcohol they are drinking and why.

Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “I would class myself as a sensible drinker, but I decided to take part in Dry January along with my team and really felt the health benefits of a break from alcohol and am planning to cut down how much I drink long term as a result.

“Dry January is aimed at people who do not have an alcohol problem but who might be drinking a bit too much, too often. Many of us think that having just a few beers or glasses of wine after work is not a problem but often they can take you over safe limits and store up problems for the future.”

If you are interested in additional alcohol information please contact Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000 or to go to the Healthy Sefton website.

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