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Right Arrow Hospital Alcohol Liaison Team support Dry January
30 December 2014 at 12:02

The Hospital Alcohol Liaison Team (HALT) at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are encouraging staff and patients alike to take part in Dry January.

Dry January is an initiative by the charity Alcohol Concern that encourages people to take a month off from alcohol following the excess of the festive period. HALT will be hosting a stand at Southport hospital in the first week of January explaining the benefits of going dry for January.

Research has shown that, after completing Dry January:
• 72% of participants had sustained reduced levels of harmful drinking six months later
• The 23% of people who had “harmful” alcohol consumption when they started Dry January are now in the “low risk” category
• 4% of participants were still dry six months on

Mandy Smith, Lead Alcohol Specialist Nurse, said: “People who have taken part in Dry January have reported feeling healthier, losing weight, having more money and taking up new hobbies. There are great benefits to be had from taking part, even if it is just for the month!”

The HALT team also works in partnership with Lifeline Sefton and DISCOVER West Lancashire to provide support for those with alcohol dependency.

For more information on Dry January you can visit the HALT team at Southport hospital, outside the restaurant on the first floor, during the first week of January. You can also visit

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 Trust has a budget of £186m and employs 3,600 staff. In 2013/14, we saw 248,102 outpatients; treated 61,096 inpatients; made 305,750 community care contacts outside hospital; supported the birth of 2,766 babies; and attended to 95,146 urgent care cases.

2. Liverpool City Council is running a Drier January and Fewer Units campaign ( encouraging people to “drop a drink size”. The campaign highlights the amount of calories in alcohol, for instance:
• 3 pints of beer is like having 2 burgers (equal to 546 calories)
• 3 large glasses of wine is like having 3 donuts (510 calories)
• 6 double vodka and cokes is like having a medium pizza all to yourself (1080 calories)