Kick-start your new year witha Dry January

People in Northumberland are being challenged to kick- start 2017 with a booze-free month.

Sunday, 1st January 2017, 7:02 am
Coun Susan Dungworth, Sue Taylor, from Balance, and Penny Spring, director of public health.

Balance, the North East Alcohol office, has joined forces with Northumberland County Council to challenge people to start the New Year by ditching the drink for 31 days.

Alcohol Concern’s Dry January, now in its fifth year, asks people to put the excesses of the festive period behind them and start 2017 with a fresh, healthy approach.

As well as all the making the most of hangover-free weekends, anyone accepting the Dry January challenge can also look forward to starting the year with better sleeping patterns, better skin, more energy, a smaller waistline and more money.

For the last three years, the North East has led the way in terms of the rate of Dry January sign ups, with the highest proportion of people taking up the challenge, compared to any other region. It’s estimated around two million people nationally attempted the challenge last year, with around 70,000 from the North East.

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Balance is now calling on people across Northumberland to help put the North East at the top of the table again for 2017.

Sue Taylor, partnerships manager at Balance, said: “At a time when we’ve all overdone it a bit at Christmas and we’re looking to start a fresh in the New Year, Dry January is the perfect way to take some time out from alcohol and feel better all round.

“Alcohol can make us more tired, anxious and less energised. Drinking above the recommended guidelines also puts us at more risk from around 60 different medical conditions, including at least seven different types of cancer.

“Whatever your motivation for taking part, a break from alcohol for even just one month can have positive effects on our health, and, for many people, joining in Dry January encourages them to reassess their drinking habits and make positive long-term changes.”

To sign up, visit