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Challenge to ditch the booze for Dry January

One in 10 drinkers in the North East and around 4.2 million people in the UK are planning to ditch alcohol for Dry January 2019, according to a YouGov poll released today.

Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, and councils around the region, are urging friends, families and work colleagues to come together and take on the 2019 Dry January challenge as figures show around 180,000 North East drinkers took part last January.

People who take a month off the booze can look forward to feeling healthier, saving money, sleeping better and losing a few pounds. But many Dry January participants also report benefits all year round with more drink free days and drinking less when they do drink.

Colin Shevills, Director of Balance, said: “Drinking can often creep up on people into a daily habit and more than one in four people in the North East are drinking above the guidelines of 14 units a week.

“We’re encouraging people to get family, friends and colleagues on board too. It can be a real motivating factor taking on a challenge together and we know that it can make us more likely to succeed.

“Every year it feels like more and more people we know are taking part in Dry January. It is a chance to break the feeling of relying on a drink, give our bodies a chance to recover, and to feel fitter. But it is great to see so many people feeling the benefits well beyond January and still drinking less than they were six months on.”

Read on to find out more.