UHCW serving up advice for a Dry January

After indulging in the festive season’s treats and delights, many are taking part in this year’s Dry January. To coincide with the month-long event, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) will be offering people advice on how to kick the booze.

The national campaign encourages people to think about their alcohol intake and to go booze-free for 31 days. This is an opportunity to cut down on the calories, maintain a clear head, save money and make a positive difference.

UHCW is supporting this campaign throughout the month of January and will be holding a display in the main entrance of University Hospital on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. The display will have hints and tips and details of local organisations which can help.

At this event, where they will be joined by Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet member for Health and Adult Services at Coventry City Council, the Alcohol Liaison Service and other agencies will be providing information about the dangers of drinking alcohol outside the recommended levels and to give advice on alcohol issues.

Alcohol Liaison Nurse, Julius Mukarati said: “January is a time to reflect and this campaign encourages people to think about their alcohol consumption.

“Treating chronic and acute effects of drinking alone costs the NHS an estimated £3.5 billion a year. 83% of people who regularly drink above the guidelines don’t think their drinking is putting their long-term health at risk, so education is important in minimising health risks.

“This event, run by our Alcohol Liaison Nurse Service, aims to raise awareness of safe drinking, and of the service we provide at UHCW, to help people with underlying alcohol issues.”

Julius will also be hosting a Twitter chat about alcohol and your health from 1-2pm on Thursday, January 21. Get your questions in using #UHCWDryJan.