Go healthy this January

​Date: 15/12/2014

We are urging residents to get healthy by giving up alcohol and going dry this January.

To help support and encourage people the Council is inviting residents to a 'Mocktail party' on Monday December 22 between 12pm to 3pm at the Market unit facing Trinity Walk. The free event will give everyone a chance to taste Mocktail drinks – a healthier alternative to an alcohol drink, and get tips and advice about drinking responsibly.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: "We want to help people understand the dangers of too much drinking and support them to make healthier lifestyle choices.

"It would be great to see as many people as possible join in and stay off the alcohol throughout January which will help people to lose a few pounds, save money, sleep better, have more energy and improve overall health."

Director of Public Health, Dr Andrew Furber said: "Reducing the amount you drink has many positive impacts on your body for example - stopping drinking even for as little as two weeks can reverse fatty liver disease.

"It is important after dry January has finished you still take care, drink responsibly, and follow the recommended guidelines."

The national guidelines state women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day and men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day. It also states people should have two alcohol free days each week.

Alcohol is the third biggest risk factor for ill health and death, after tobacco and high blood pressure. In 2012, there were a total of 21,485 deaths relating to alcohol in the UK along with 49,456 hospital admissions for alcohol-related liver disease.

Residents who want to join the challenge can do so by signing up on www.dryjanuary.org.uk or like the Wakefield Wellbeing Facebook page to find out more.