Sefton Council is urging Southport residents to sign up for a dry January

9th January 2015

Sefton Council is urging residents to join the many organisations and employees that have signed up to Dry January challenge and think about how much they drink and how it affects them their families and communities.

During the first month of the year, many residents make resolutions and Sefton Council is supporting Dry January to get residents to think about how much they drink and either stop or cut down for Dry January.

It’s hoped that a break will help people reset their drinking habits and persuade them that their social life can go on without booze.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Older People and Health, said: “Lots of people are drinking too much, too often and this challenge offers them the chance to break some habits and reset drinking patterns.

“So, even if you don’t go completely dry but have a drier January you will benefit. That’s why we are encouraging residents to back the campaign and give Dry January a go this for 2015.”

When drinking alcohol residents are advised to stick to national alcohol guidelines of:

  • Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day
  • Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day
  • Try and have two alcohol free days a week

We all overindulge over Christmas, but not drinking for a month or at least cutting down in January and participating in Dry January will benefit you in a number of ways by:

  • Helping your New Year waistline by reducing the number of calories you consume
  • Helping your finances by not spending money on alcohol
  • Improving your general health – we all need a break and your body is no different
  • Dry January has proven that taking a month off booze can have a positive impact on people’s long term drinking levels
  • Not only do participants who take a month off alcohol drink less frequently afterwards, they drink less per drinking day and also get drunk less often
  • Taking part in Dry January can help people have stronger will power and the confidence to say ‘no’ to an alcoholic drink

For more information on Dry January visit: and twitter@dryjanuary using the hashtag #dryjanuary2015 to join the conversation. For more information on the health harms of alcohol visit

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