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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
“Nationally, over 17,000 people took part in Dry January in 2014 and many reported that taking a month-long break from alcohol acted as a reset button concerning their alcohol use for months afterwards, not only helping people to drink less per drinking day but also to drink less frequently.
"We know from previous years that people who do Dry January will feel better, lose weight and save money. To sign up for Dry January and register for tips and tools to make the most of the month, people should visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk.”
“January is the perfect time to sign up to a holiday from alcohol.
"It’s an opportunity for people to reflect on their drinking patterns and to give their body a break from alcohol after the festive period.
"We are supporting Dry January and many other local organisations, including pharmacies, Freshney Place, Shoreline, Lincs Inspire and some town centre pubs are getting involved too. Look out for the posters around the town. I will definitely be taking part.”
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."
"Disgusting scenes in York on cctv. Yet again alcohol being abused and the violence erupts...Just watched a group of drunks start a fight in front of officers."
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."