Dry January 2016

Can you stay off the booze for 31 days?

Over the last few years two million people have taken part in ‘Dry January’ to cut down their alcohol intake all in the name of good health and raising money for charity. You can sign up online to enable people to sponsor you in your endeavour. By supporting the charity Alcohol Concern, you can help to make a real difference to the lives of those harmed by alcohol, their families, and help ensure that young people (and the rest of us) have a healthy relationship with alcohol. Did you know, for instance, that 93,500 babies under the age of one live with a parent who is a problem drinker? And that almost half of young people excluded from school are themselves regular drinkers? But the good news is that for every £1 spent on alcohol treatment, £5 is saved on healthcare, policing and other costs to society from alcohol. Dry January participants often report personal success stories such as losing weight, sleeping better, more energy, clearer skin plus huge savings (the average person spends £50,000 on booze in their lifetime!) – And all just within 31 days. As it’s fast approaching Friday 1st January 2016 – here are some tips to get you started with your fundraising.
  • Get colleagues to join in, create teams to see who can raise the most, and be the best at staying dry!
  • You’re on a health kick anyway – why not ramp it up and use all your new-found energy to cycle, run or swim to your fundraising target.
  • Let everyone know you are fundraising. You can download Facebook banners, Twitter icons, posters, email signatures plus lots more!
If you would like to know more about the fundraising or to check how your usual existing alcohol intake affects your health and your purse, visit https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/ for more information. Important Note: It’s really worth stressing at this point that Dry January is not a medical detox plan for those who are alcohol dependent. If you’ve been drinking heavily every day for many years, it might be worth consulting your GP before starting. Similarly if you get any worrying symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal (including tremors, vomiting or hallucinations) seek medical help. These symptoms usually come on within the first 24 hours of your last drink.

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