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04 January 2016 at 15:22

A top doctor is urging people to support Dry January as he marks three years without alcohol.

Rob Gillies, Executive Medical Director at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, gave up booze in January 2013.

The 57-year-old said: “My wife challenged me to go one month without alcohol. I really loved my wines and lagers but my motivation for giving up was to get fitter.

“I lost one stone in weight quite quickly. But the biggest change was in sleep patterns. Giving up alcohol led to much better quality of sleep. I also had increased energy and better concentration levels.

“I felt so much better over that initial month so I just carried on.”

Alcohol Concern’s Dry January encourages people to take a fresh look at their relationship with drink. Dry January challenges people to cut out booze for 31 days.

The charity says people who abstain will see health benefits as well as saving money. You can sign-up to a Dry January here:

Rob, from South Liverpool, added: “We live in a society where alcohol is everywhere. It is engrained in culture. Because of that there seems to be a social stigma on those of us who don’t drink.

“It was three years ago this January that I gave up alcohol. I would recommend people give it a try. One month is achievable. It really is no different to giving up chocolate or coffee.

“People can make Dry January fun. They could get some of their friends to take part, or even make the challenge a way to raise some funds for charity.”

Dr Alan Owens, A&E Consultant, Clinical Lead for Alcohol, added: “The Trust wholeheartedly supports Dry January. It’s a very good public health initiative. If people find it difficult to go completely dry in January they can just try to drink less. This in itself will have a positive impact on general wellbeing.”

The Trust’s Alcohol Liaison Team will have a stall in Southport Hospital this week promoting Dry January.

People who are concerned about their drinking should speak to their GP. They can offer help and support.

Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 705061
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is operated by the Trust at Southport hospital.  In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases. The Trust employs 3,472 staff.