Nottingham City Council is supporting the Dry January 2016 campaign and is encouraging people to ditch alcohol for the month.

‘ Keep January Dry‘ is an annual initiative, organised by Alcohol Concern, where people all over the world give up alcohol for 31 days.

Last year more than two million Dry January participants from all over the world supported the campaign to try and raise awareness.

This year Alcohol Concern and Nottingham City Council hope that even more people will get involved and are asking “Can you take the 31 day challenge?”

Alcohol Concern has organised 31 days of fun and eventful activities to keep you fit and refreshed but most importantly to keep your mind and hands off the booze.

Timetable of events for Keep January Dry.
Timetable of events for Keep January Dry.

In support the city council, in association with Last orders, has a series of talks, activities and workshops at Nottingham libraries, designed to help you improve personal well-being and lower alcohol consumption.

Dry January

Health and Well Being Events – by Nottingham City Council

Last Orders will be running drop in stalls in libraries on the following dates between 10 am and 1 pm:

Date Venue
Friday 8 January Clifton Library
Monday 11 January Meadows Library
Monday 18 January St Ann’s Valley Library
Thursday 21 January Bulwell Riverside Library
Wednesday 27 January Hyson Green Library

 

On displays in libraries will also be information about drinking responsibly and knowing your limits.

Nottingham has particular challenges with regards to alcohol-related harm compared with England as a whole with greater numbers drinking at higher risk levels.

Nottingham has a significantly higher rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions than England and it is increasing by approximately 11% each year.

Many Dry January participants reported losing weight, sleeping better, having more energy and clearer skin plus huge savings.

Most importantly those who are part of Dry January felt accomplished and raised money for the campaign.

Money that is donated will be invested into awareness programmes, helping to tackle the harm caused by alcohol to individuals, families and society.

Although Double Impact Service Manager, Julie Crosby says it will spread awareness in Nottingham but, unfortunately not help those with real substance abuse.

Julie Crosby from Double Impact.

For more information on Alcohol Concerns Keep January Dry campaign, visit http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk/