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Sign up for Dry January and get 2015 off to a healthy start

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Published: 31/12/2014

South Gloucestershire Council is supporting the Dry January campaign.

Dry January is a campaign by Alcohol Concern which has become an annual nationwide event which encourages people to take a month out from alcohol and enjoy the benefits from having a break from drinking after the excesses of the festive period.

Dr Mark Pietroni, South Gloucestershire Council’s Director of Public Health has already signed up to take part in Dry January and is encouraging residents to do the same. Visit and register for free to get help and support to keep you going throughout the month.

Dr Pietroni said: “We are encouraging people to give their body a break from alcohol during the month of January. The benefits of not drinking for 31 days can improve your general health and wellbeing and you will save money and even lose a bit of weight by reducing your calorie intake. Give it a go and enjoy a healthier start to the year.”

South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Interim Nurse Director Lisa Harvey added: “Over 20 per cent of adults in South Gloucestershire are estimated to be drinking at levels above the recommended limits of two to three units a day for women and three to four units a day for men.

“Drinking above the daily limits increases the risk of many common diseases and injuries. A proportion of hospital admissions for South Gloucestershire residents are estimated to be attributable to alcohol, including 42 per cent of high blood pressure admissions, 18 per cent of heart related admissions, 12 per cent of mental health related admissions and seven per cent of epilepsy admissions.”

According to Alcohol Concern, your skin, your waistline and your pocket will benefit from a booze-free month. There are a range of health benefits associated with ‘going dry’, including:

● Feeling more energetic
● Sleeping better or even snoring less
● Cutting the calories and losing weight
● Experiencing a sense of achievement
● Bringing a fresh approach to alcohol consumption
● Freeing time to do more activities such as going swimming or taking up a new hobby.

You can find out more about the Dry January campaign online at or on Facebook at or follow the latest on Twitter @DryJanuary

Developing Health and Independence (DHI) is the single point of contact for drug and alcohol services in South Gloucestershire. If you or someone you know needs help and support with alcohol use call 0800 0733 011 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm or visit

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