'Dry January' challenge for Blackburn with Darwen residents

HEALTH bosses in Blackburn with Darwen have challenged residents to avoid alcohol in January.

They launched the ‘Dry January’ campaign at Cafe Hub in Darwen on Monday.

Local councillors, public health representatives and council staff heard from Alcohol Concern about the challenge for people to stay alcohol-free for the month.

It aims is to start new conversations about alcohol use and the risk of regular drinking.

New figures show the cost of alcohol misuse in the borough is £62m annually, or £424 per person.

Signatories to the ‘Dry January’ website can share their experiences of going ‘dry’ with others.

Council health boss Mohammed Khan said: “Problem drinking has a huge impact. Dry January gives people the chance to reflect on alcohol intake.

“Going hangover-free means a rejuvenated start to 2014 with better sleep and fewer headaches.There are lots of health benefits and you’ll save a small fortune.”

To sign up visit: www.dryjanuary.org.uk and take part in a Blackburn with Darwen Dry January questionnaire here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/BBNwD

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3:47pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Darren1951 says...

Why is it, seemingly, that only the British find "responsible" drinking such a difficult concept to grasp?
Why is it, seemingly, that only the British find "responsible" drinking such a difficult concept to grasp? Darren1951

4:14pm Wed 11 Dec 13

past it says...

Whats the reward a bottle of vino?
Whats the reward a bottle of vino? past it

5:25pm Wed 11 Dec 13

mavrick says...

Nanny state involving hypocrites. The people that need educating about alcohol are seen on the streets at weekends. The secret drinkers are a different species and will only seek help when they need or want to. How they come to the massive figures is beyond me, I simply don't believe it.
Nanny state involving hypocrites. The people that need educating about alcohol are seen on the streets at weekends. The secret drinkers are a different species and will only seek help when they need or want to. How they come to the massive figures is beyond me, I simply don't believe it. mavrick

8:20am Thu 12 Dec 13

AnthonyUK says...

Do the council HAVE to interfere in people lives and be nannystate dogooders? NO.
Do the council HAVE to interfere in people lives and be nannystate dogooders? NO. AnthonyUK

7:54pm Thu 12 Dec 13

louderfasterlonger says...

AnthonyUK wrote:
Do the council HAVE to interfere in people lives and be nannystate dogooders? NO.
Health promotion is part of the council's remit. £62m is a lot of money as is the burden on nhs when drunken fools are battling it out for treatment in A & E with genuine accidents and emergencies on a Saturday night. I've been there with a sick relative and some scumbags are shouting and swearing at staff demanding to be seen so they can get back to drinking. So YES it is the council's duty to encourage responsibility.
[quote][p][bold]AnthonyUK[/bold] wrote: Do the council HAVE to interfere in people lives and be nannystate dogooders? NO.[/p][/quote]Health promotion is part of the council's remit. £62m is a lot of money as is the burden on nhs when drunken fools are battling it out for treatment in A & E with genuine accidents and emergencies on a Saturday night. I've been there with a sick relative and some scumbags are shouting and swearing at staff demanding to be seen so they can get back to drinking. So YES it is the council's duty to encourage responsibility. louderfasterlonger

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