Tameside Council’s Public Health Team are supporting the charity, Alcohol Concern, with their annual campaign by encouraging local people to take part in Dry January, a 31 day challenge to cutout alcohol.
Excessive drinking can dramatically increase the risk of a wide range of health problems including high blood pressure, liver disease, cancer and dementia.
Research by alcohol campaigning group Drink Wise has also shown that over 9000 children in Tameside are being harmed through the alcohol use of the adults around them, those who completed previous Dry January campaigns are now drinking less frequently, and in less harmful ways.
The national campaign will encourage people to take up the 31 day challenge, which will hopefully lead to people assessing their drinking habits, drinking less in the future, and living longer and healthier lives.
People who would like support and advice to cut down on their alcohol intake can contact the Health Improvement Service. Log onto www.penninecare.nhs.uk/tamesidehealthimprovement
or phone 0161 716 2000.
Those who feel they, or a loved one, may need more specialist support around their alcohol intake, can contact Pennine Care’s Alcohol and Drug Service on 0161 716 3200