BOOZE-FREE people in Hartlepool were praised for staying alcohol-free for a month.
More than 17,300 UK people signed up for Dry January with over one in four sign-ups coming from the North East.
The Alcohol Concern campaign, supported by awareness group Balance, challenged people to consider their alcohol intake and start the New Year with a healthier approach.
The campaign was also supported by health professionals and local authorities who championed vintage tea parties as an alternative to boozy nights out in January.
Louise Wallace, Hartlepool’s director of public health, said: “No matter what the month, it’s always a good time to ease up on your drinking or take a complete break from it – you’ll soon feel the benefit and you’ll be helping to reduce the risk of an alcohol-related illness in later life.”
Balance director Colin Shevills said: “Drinking more than the recommended limits - on a daily or almost daily basis - can have some serious long term implications for our health, including mouth and breast cancer, heart disease and stroke.
“Taking a break from drinking or reducing your intake is good for your long term health but there are also immediate benefits such as feeling better in the mornings, having more energy during the day and possibly losing weight.”