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Dry January 2018 (completed February 2018)

KWC were successful in their bid to the Dry January programme funded by Public Health Agency and delivered via NI Drug and Alcohol Connections Team (NIDACT).    The project uses the evidence based programme developed in the Uk via Alcohol Concern.  The programme aims to improve health and reduce the impact of alcohol spend on our purse/wallet.  It also aims to:  

  • Improve the health of your liver
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
  • Improve concentration & quality of sleep
  • Increase energy
  • Lose weight
  • Improve the condiditon of your skin  
  • Improve knowledge and understanding of units and limits (now revised to 14 per week for BOTH men and women)

There is a downloadable app "Dry January & Beyond"  which helps you monitor the money saved by reducing your alcohol intake.  The programme will equp you with techniques to reduce your intake of alcohol (eg avoiding 'rounds' of drinks, pacing yourself and drinking water in between drinks).  'Know your Units' app provides information and guidance on NI measures of alcohol, set at 35ml as opposed to 25 mil in Great Britain.  Information will also be supplied during the programme on how to take part in 'Dry-er January' if you cannot commit to no alcholol intake (eg if you have a family event such as a wedding).  Centre staff have alcohol MOT forms for anyone who wishes to review their own consumption.  Further information is available at www.drugandalcoholni.info  which is a directory of services available across the province.  KWC in partnership with the PHA will be offering training for volunteers on Drug and Alcohol First Responders and information will be available in early 2018.

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