Sunderland wins award for taking part in Dry January

A total of 460 people took part in Dry January. Pictured are Gillian Gibson, left, and Sue Taylor from Balance.

A total of 460 people took part in Dry January. Pictured are Gillian Gibson, left, and Sue Taylor from Balance.

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Hundreds of Wearsiders gave up booze to take part in a national campaign.

The North East has once again led the way in Dry January, with the highest sign-up rate in the country.

I am delighted that so many people in Sunderland chose to take part in the campaign.

Coun John Kelly

In the city, 460 people signed up to take part in the abstinence challenge, which is run by charity Alcohol Concern, with support from Public Health England and Balance, the North East’s alcohol office, winning Sunderland the Dry January Champions of Innovation 2015 award.

Sunderland City Council portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, Coun John Kelly, said: “I am delighted that so many people in Sunderland chose to take part in the campaign.

“Also, that our approach to supporting and promoting it won Sunderland City Council and our community health partners the Dry January Champions of Innovation 2105 award.

“We all need to provide people with the encouragement that they need to consider and hopefully adopt healthier lifestyle choices, and Dry January is a great way to promote that message.

“It also helps raise awareness of the network of practical help and advice in place across our city, to help everyone achieve long-term health changes and improvements to their lives.

“All those who took part in Dry January can be proud of their efforts, they’ve set us all an example to follow, and I hope even more of us will support the campaign next year.”

Dry January calls on drinkers to start the new year with a clear head by taking a break from drinking.

“It aims to get people thinking about their relationship with alcohol and encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles.