Essex residents urged to sign up for Dry January following Christmas excess

PUBLISHED: 14:03 29 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:33 29 December 2016




After the excess of Christmas, Essex residents are being urged to sign up for Dry January for a healthy start to the New Year.

Essex County Council (ECC) is backing the initiative, run by charity Alcohol Concern, which encourages people to go alcohol free for 31 days.

A new survey, conducted by Alcohol Concern, shows one in four adults have been drunk in front of a child at Christmas, and one in ten people believe it’s acceptable for a child aged 10 or under to drink alcohol during the festive period.

The survey also found that over Christmas, people are most likely to be drunk in front of our partners or work colleagues.

Around two fifths of people have been drunk in front of a colleague and over a fifth in front of a boss.

Councillor Graham Butland, ECC cabinet member for health, said: “If you over indulge at Christmas, there may be a real impact on your health and family.

“Dry January is a great initiative to help you get your 2017 off to a healthier start, please take a look at their website and sign up today.”

Ben Hughes, head of commissioning for public health and wellbeing, said: “For many, alcohol is a big part of the festivities, but often this can lead to excessive consumption and negative consequences.

“Having a break from alcohol gives people the opportunity to think about what they’re drinking, break those bad habits and in the long term cut down and improve their health.”

To sign up for Dry January click here. A free alcohol screening test is also available for people who are concerned about their drinking habits. Click here to take the test.

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