North East Lincolnshire Council and partners are supporting Dry January, the month long national ‘no alcohol’ challenge from Alcohol Concern and Public Health England, and encouraging local residents who would like to take part to take a month out from alcohol and enjoy the benefits of having a break from drinking.
The national campaign aims to show that ‘taking a break from alcohol’ after the Christmas period is a beneficial thing for your wallet, waistline and general health.
Dry January is not about never drinking again, it’s just an opportunity for people to reflect on their drinking patterns and to give their body a break from alcohol after the festive period.
An independent study showed that 72% of participants in Dry January last year had maintained moderate levels of drinking six months after completing the month and also experienced the following benefits:
• 79% of participants saved money
• 62% of participants had better sleep and more energy
• 49% of participants lost weight
Talks are to be held in York to try and tackle alcohol problems in the city following growing concern about drink-fuelled disorder on the city's streets. York Council leader James Alexander has posted a message on social media that he is to call a summit to tackle alcohol issues.
Last Saturday, North Yorkshire Police made 20 arrests in York on an evening marked by alcohol-fuelled violence and disorder. Police control room staff described behaviour in one incident as "disgusting."
The sister of one alcoholic, who was a successful lawyer in Hull before she drank herself to death, is now speaking out about the problem and how it should be tackled.
Alcoholism and problems relating to alcohol abuse cost the NHS £3.5billion every year. The overall cost to society is even higher, thought to stand at around £21 billion.
Lisa Adlam reports:
Julie Kawecki watched her sister Leonora - a successful lawyer in Hull - die after she became an alcoholic.
She told ITV Calendar about the warning signs to look out for.
Figures have revealed 92,000 people in Hull are binge drinking.
In Leeds, 683 people were admitted to hospital this year with alcohol-related illness or injury.
Julie Kawecki, whose sister died after becoming an alcoholic, has described how her sister only realised once she was in hospital that she was truly ill.
Leonora, a lawyer in Hull, began drinking socially, but regularly, with colleagues. It soon spiralled out of control.
The sister of a lawyer from Hull who died from alcoholism has described the shock of watching her sister deteriorate.
Leonora Kawecki died aged 39. She began by drinking socially with friends in the city, but it spiralled out of control. It comes as figures reveal more than 92,000 people are binge drinking in the city.
Her sister Julie says she had to watch Leonora, a successful lawyer in the city, become thin, withdrawn and finally hospitalised in the weeks before her liver finally failed.
A campaign has been launched in Hull to educate people about safe, responsible drinking over the festive period.
The message comes on the eve of so-called "Mad Friday", when thousands of revellers descend on city and town centre pubs and bars, on one of the busiest day's of the year for the police.
As part of today's campaign, visitors to Hull city centre were able to sample alcohol-free drinks at a pop-up pub, as Helen Steel reports.
Bradford doctors have found a link between pregnant women drinking alcohol and then delivering underweight babies. It's thought one in ten newborns in the city are affected by their mother's drinking.
Leeds United insist they have no plans to bring in an alcohol ban and that fans will continue to be able to enjoy a pint at Elland Road.
The club issued a statement making their position clear following a newspaper report that one Leeds director, Salem Patel, had proposed an alcohol ban to reflect the Muslim beliefs of owners GFH Capital, the Dubai-based subsidiary of a Bahraini Islamic investment bank.
However, Leeds managing director David Haigh said that was not the case. He said: "The board has never discussed banning alcohol and has no plans to change the current licensing arrangements at Elland Road.
"Enjoying a pint before and after watching the match is a time-honoured Yorkshire tradition as indeed it is among many British football fans.
"Equally the club will continue to offer a selection of wines and other alcoholic drinks to our corporate guests."
West Yorkshire Police is taking to Twitter this weekend in support of a national campaign to highlight alcohol related harm and crime. A police inspector will be tweeting live about a selection of alcohol related incidents.
The national Twitter event will start at around 10pm on Saturday night and run to the early hours of Sunday morning. It's about raising awareness of how a night out drinking alcohol excessively can lead to harm, and impact on the demands of emergency services.
You can follow the tweets here or by searching on twitter for the hashtag #alcoholharm.