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Forget 'Dry January' say ale campaigners

Real ale campaigners have challenged the idea that not drinking during January is good for your health, suggesting it could cause more harm.

Campaigners say 'Dry January' may actually be counterproductive Credit: Press Association

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) backed scientific research showing that while drinking too much is bad for health, not touching a drop for a month might be counter-productive.

The group said it supported a study by Professor Charles Bamforth of the University of California which said that drinking in moderation had "significant" health benefits, and that moderate drinkers had a longer life expectancy than non-drinkers.

Camra chairman Colin Valentine said: "The health benefits of moderate drinking may explain why you meet so many people enjoying a healthy retirement who still like going for a pint of real ale in their local."

Cheers for ale festival

Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival

More people than ever attended Hull's Real Ale and Cider Festival last night. Organisers moved the festival to Holy Trinity Church after problems keeping drinks cool in the usual venue at City Hall.

It's a decision which paid off - 750 people went along on the first night and an emergency order of another 15 real ales had to be brought in.