Hartlepool is best for giving up booze

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More than 150 Hartlepool people helped to make a national campaign on alcohol a huge success.

The town was a leading area in this year’s Dry January challenge and helped the North East to have the highest sign-up rate in the country.

Regularly drinking more than the recommended limits can have some serious long term implications for our health, including mouth and breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. Dry January provides an opportunity to raise awareness of these harms and helps get people talking about alcohol and their alcohol intake

Colin Shevills, director of Balance

Alcohol Concern’s Dry January, supported by Public Health England and the alcohol awareness group Balance, saw 4,417 North Easterners sign up online.

It’s estimated that for every one person who signed up on the website as many as three more will have abstained during January.

Nationally, almost 45,000 took on the challenge.

But the North East continues to be the most successful region with 169 sign ups per 100,000 people - 62 per cent higher than the next best region and double the England average.

In Hartlepool, 157 people signed up.

Louise Wallace, director of Public Health at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “I’m delighted so many people across the town opted to sign up to this year’s Dry January campaign.”

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, said: “Regularly drinking more than the recommended limits can have some serious long term implications for our health, including mouth and breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. Dry January provides an opportunity to raise awareness of these harms and helps get people talking about alcohol and their alcohol intake.”