Put the cork back for a healthy year

Hold on to that glass - it’s not too late to be part of Dry January. Drinkers in East Sussex are being urged to make a healthy start to the year by taking a break from booze.

Dry January is a national initiative aimed at encouraging people to sign up to a pledge to give their body a break from alcohol for a month.

Almost a quarter of adults in East Sussex drink at a level which could be harmful to their health, but many don’t realise they’re increasing their risk of cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, liver damage and strokes.

Last year, more than 17,000 people across the country signed up to the scheme, organised by the charity Alcohol Concern, and received tips and tools for staying off booze.

Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex acting director of Health, said: “The New Year is a time when people often make a resolution to put the excesses of the festive season behind them and make a fresh start. People who signed up for Dry January last year found that taking part allowed them to reset their alcohol use for months afterwards, allowing them to drink less and to drink less frequently.” Sign up online at www.dryjanuary.org.uk