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Local NHS Trust supports Dry January campaign

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9 January 2014

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare is supporting the national Dry January campaign which encourages people to think about how much alcohol they drink.

The campaign asks people to look at their alcohol intake, consider giving up alcohol for January and aims to raise awareness of the health effects of drinking too much alcohol.

Nationally 14,000 people have signed up to give up the booze for 31 days and more are still joining them. You can sign up at the Dry January website.

January is a good time for people to review how much and how often they drink. Dry January reminds people that they could benefit from reducing their alcohol consumption and making a few simple health changes.

Fewer units can help people feel physically better, support weight loss - as cutting down reduces calorie intake - and can have a great impact on a person’s mental wellbeing and outlook on life.

Therefore January is a good time to:

  • Cut down your drinking: have at  least two free alcohol days per week

  • Alternate alcoholic drinks  with soft drinks when you go out

  • Choose drinks with a lower alcohol content, therefore drink fewer units

Our teams of Health Trainers will be at the following locations offering advice and support on how to make healthy lifestyle choices, please drop by:

  • Saturday 11 January 2014; 9am - 6pm; Treaty Centre, Hounslow

  • Sunday 12 January 2014; 12noon - 4pm; Morrisons, Brentford 

  • Monday 13 January 2014; 11am - 3pm; West Middlesex Hospital

  • Sunday 19 January 2014; 11am - 4pm; Smoothie Biker at ASDA Feltham

  • Sunday 19 January 2014; 11am - 4pm; Morrisons, Brentford  

LiveWell Richmond, LiveWell Sutton and Merton, and the NHS Health and Wellbeing service in Hounslow, offers local residents support and advice on how to make healthy lifestyle changes including reducing their alcohol consumption. These free services provide direct support to those who wish to cut down, from a team of health trainers who help people to set their own health goals.

More information on the support we can offer people to reduce their alcohol intake can be found on our websites
www.live-well.org.uk or www.hrch.nhs.uk/health-promotion.

Further information on safe drinking, units, tips and tools on helping you manage your alcohol intake can be found on NHS Choices.