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Reap the rewards during Dry January

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Better sleep, healthier skin, weight loss and saving money are just a few reasons for West Sussex residents to take part in this year’s Dry January.

The Dry January challenge is a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, and save some money by giving up alcohol for 31 days. A national evaluation found that 79 percent of people who take part in Dry January save money, 62 percent have better sleep and more energy, and 49 percent lose weight. The benefits also continue into the New Year as 72 percent of participants report that they are still drinking at reduced levels six months later.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: “Dry January is not aimed at people who are dependent on alcohol. It is for those of us who may have over-indulged during the Christmas break and want to get back on top of our drinking patterns. If you have found yourself drinking a little too much a little too often, then there is a range of tips and support on offer for residents considering going dry this January. See it through until the end of the month and you will hopefully see a number of benefits such as better sleep, improved skin and weight loss – as well as more money in your pocket!”

The national campaign, Dry January, aims to allow people to reflect and take control of their alcohol use by going alcohol-free for 31 days following the festive break.

A few quick tips include:

– Advice and support: Access online information about alcohol and find details of a range of local, national and online support available via www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/alcohol.
– Risky boozing: Find out if your drinking is risky by completing the two-minute, alcohol test for free at www.dontbottleitup.org.uk.
– Online coaching: West Sussex residents can have free support from DrinkCoach – a Skype-based service which offers confidential coaching sessions with trained professionals. Visit www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/alcohol and select ‘DrinkCoach’ to book your session.
– Pledge allegiance: Take the plunge and pledge your commitment to 31 days alcohol free via dryjanuary.org.uk.  By signing up you’ll receive support and encouragement from the Dry January team.
– Get social: Follow @WSCCNews on Twitter and @WestSussexMatters on Facebook throughout January for online resources and motivation.