Alcohol Awareness Week, 11 to 17 November, aims to highlight the risks of drinking too much alcohol with the focus on ‘alcohol and me’.
The week provides information on how we can change our drinking behaviour by sticking to the guidelines of 14 units a week or less, spread over three or more days with several drink-free days each week.
As part of the week the Healthy Knowsley Service will be in Tesco in Prescot on Thursday 14 November, 9.30am to 12pm, providing information on the health benefits of making changes to our drinking behaviour and promoting sign up to Dry January.
Meanwhile, Innovate Volunteering is holding its first alcohol-free social evening on Friday 15 November, 7.30pm to midnight, at the Bryer Road Centre, Prescot. There will be music, games and karaoke and this over-18s event.
Dry January is the 31 day challenge to take a month off drinking alcohol in the New Year and sign up is now open for Dry January 2020.
Support Alcohol Awareness Week
You can take part in this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week by visiting the Alcohol Change UK website to:
- Test your knowledge on all things alcohol with the alcohol quiz
- Explore the interactive body map to see how alcohol affects our bodies
- Take a closer look at the drinking guidelines to better understand how much is too much
- Check how healthy your drinking is with the drinking quiz
- Get top tips on ways to cut down
- Find extra support if you need it.
The benefits of a dry January
There are lots of reasons for taking part in Dry January. As well as losing the hangover and helping you to lose weight, you’ll have a better night’s sleep and more energy. You’ll also save money, not to mention the sense of achievement!
It may also help you rethink your drinking habits in the future, as six months after completing Dry January over 70% of participant’s report that they are drinking less frequently and consuming less when they do drink.
Why sign up?
More than 4 million people take part in Dry January every year and when you sign up through the campaign you get access to the free Try Dry app which helps you keep track of the month with features like a calorie calculator, unit tracker and tool to show how much money you’ve saved.
You’ll also receive daily motivational emails with tips and information from experts to make your month easier and more fun. You also gain access to an online community of other people taking part in Dry January which remains available and active all year round.
To find out more and sign up, visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk.