Hundreds of South Tynesiders took part in Dry January

More than 200 people in South Tyneside took part in Dry January. From left, Coun Moira Smith, Director of Public Health Amanda Healy, Sue Taylor from Balance, and Coun Tracey Dixon.
More than 200 people in South Tyneside took part in Dry January. From left, Coun Moira Smith, Director of Public Health Amanda Healy, Sue Taylor from Balance, and Coun Tracey Dixon.

More than 200 people in South Tyneside gave up the booze to take part in Dry January.

The North East has once again led the way in the campaign with the highest sign up rate in the country.

It’s very encouraging that lots of people from our borough signed up and took part in the Dry January challenge.

Coun Tracey Dixon

In the borough, 248 people signed up for the abstinence challenge, which is run by charity Alcohol Concern and supported by Public Health England and Balance, the North East’s alcohol office.

Coun Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for area management and community safety, said: “It’s very encouraging that lots of people from our borough signed up and took part in the Dry January challenge.

“I’m sure they’ll have been amazed at just how much better they felt for not having drunk alcohol for a month.

“We are continuing to work closely with partners in South Tyneside to reduce alcohol consumption among adults and young people, and educating them about the effects alcohol can have on their health and behaviour.”

Dry January calls on drinkers to start the new year with a clear head by taking a break from drinking and think about their relationship with alcohol.

Coun Moira Smith, South Tyneside’s lead member for health and wellbeing, added: “Long-term alcohol misuse is a major risk factor for a wide range of serious conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, liver disease and cancer.

“As well as health problems, long-term alcohol misuse can lead to social problems such as unemployment, divorce, domestic abuse and homelessness.”