Council urges Wirral revellers to give up the booze in January

Wirral Globe: Top of the pops - fizzy drinks instead of booze for a 'dry' January Top of the pops - fizzy drinks instead of booze for a 'dry' January

Council chiefs are hoping that the New Year outlook is dry after challenging people to go through January without touching booze.

Wirral Council is backing a national Alcohol Concern campaign to encourage people to go "dry" for the whole month.

Councillor Chris Meaden, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “’Dry January’ is a challenge which I’d ask everyone to consider taking on.

"Alcohol is so ingrained within many of the things that we do - it would be fascinating for people to see they can still do those things without drinking being involved.

"The evidence from last year suggests that giving up for a month changes people’s drinking habits permanently with them likely to consume less as a result, which is a fantastic outcome."

To date, nearly 700 people locally have signed up to take part.

A panel of experts, including doctors, dentists, nutrition specialists and fitness experts are also giving their support to the ‘Dry January’ campaign.

Every Tuesday and Friday lunchtime during January an expert will take part in an online session on the Dry January Facebook page and Twitter feed to offer support, advice and encouragement to those who are taking part.

The Facebook page is www.facebook.com/DryJanuary while it can be found on Twitter by following @DRYJANUARY

Emily Robinson, director of campaigns at Alcohol Concern said: “Lots of people are drinking a bit too much, too often and this challenge offers the chance to break some habits and reset our drinking patterns."

The campaign is being backed by the charity The Social Partnership Response (Wirral’s advice service for young people), Wirral Council’s Sports Development team, Wirral Community NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust, addiction treatment charities Arch Initiatives and Phoenix Futures and Merseyside Police.

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1:21pm Fri 13 Dec 13

rover600 says...

I assume the council will be following its own advice and declining any expense claims for entertaining and hospitality that involves alcohol and that the keys to the Council's drinks cabinet and 'Wine cellars' are handed to the local temperance society for safe keeping?

It might be worth a FOA request for the amount spent on Alcohol in January just to see 'this shower' lead by example.... Or more likely prove its a case of do as I say not as I do!
I assume the council will be following its own advice and declining any expense claims for entertaining and hospitality that involves alcohol and that the keys to the Council's drinks cabinet and 'Wine cellars' are handed to the local temperance society for safe keeping? It might be worth a FOA request for the amount spent on Alcohol in January just to see 'this shower' lead by example.... Or more likely prove its a case of do as I say not as I do! rover600

1:44pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Dantealighieri says...

A DRY JANUARY. Cheers! I'll drink to that.
A DRY JANUARY. Cheers! I'll drink to that. Dantealighieri

1:59pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Vigilant12 says...

A dry January will only result in a binge during February. People seem to think that if you stop drinking for one whole month then the next month you can drink as much as you like. If people don't dedicate to a dry January and only drink in moderation, the chances are that they will only drink in moderation during February. I guarantee that if people have a dry January, Saturday 1st February will be a good night for pubs and bars around wirral.
A dry January will only result in a binge during February. People seem to think that if you stop drinking for one whole month then the next month you can drink as much as you like. If people don't dedicate to a dry January and only drink in moderation, the chances are that they will only drink in moderation during February. I guarantee that if people have a dry January, Saturday 1st February will be a good night for pubs and bars around wirral. Vigilant12

2:11pm Fri 13 Dec 13

WirralAl says...

rover600 wrote:
I assume the council will be following its own advice and declining any expense claims for entertaining and hospitality that involves alcohol and that the keys to the Council's drinks cabinet and 'Wine cellars' are handed to the local temperance society for safe keeping?

It might be worth a FOA request for the amount spent on Alcohol in January just to see 'this shower' lead by example.... Or more likely prove its a case of do as I say not as I do!
I agree.

Surely this Clown council should have more pressing issues.

What help do they actually give to people who need help with their drinking?

Will Steve Foulkus give up the Ale for a month?? He always looks hungover!!! Next year we can have Hungover Mayor!!
[quote][p][bold]rover600[/bold] wrote: I assume the council will be following its own advice and declining any expense claims for entertaining and hospitality that involves alcohol and that the keys to the Council's drinks cabinet and 'Wine cellars' are handed to the local temperance society for safe keeping? It might be worth a FOA request for the amount spent on Alcohol in January just to see 'this shower' lead by example.... Or more likely prove its a case of do as I say not as I do![/p][/quote]I agree. Surely this Clown council should have more pressing issues. What help do they actually give to people who need help with their drinking? Will Steve Foulkus give up the Ale for a month?? He always looks hungover!!! Next year we can have Hungover Mayor!! WirralAl

2:29pm Fri 13 Dec 13

artemis81 says...

WirralAl wrote:
rover600 wrote:
I assume the council will be following its own advice and declining any expense claims for entertaining and hospitality that involves alcohol and that the keys to the Council's drinks cabinet and 'Wine cellars' are handed to the local temperance society for safe keeping?

It might be worth a FOA request for the amount spent on Alcohol in January just to see 'this shower' lead by example.... Or more likely prove its a case of do as I say not as I do!
I agree.

Surely this Clown council should have more pressing issues.

What help do they actually give to people who need help with their drinking?

Will Steve Foulkus give up the Ale for a month?? He always looks hungover!!! Next year we can have Hungover Mayor!!
If anyone wants confidential help, support and advice around alcohol, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust runs a drop-in service, 10am-noon, Monday to Friday at the Harm Reduction Unit at St. Catherines Hospital community centre.
[quote][p][bold]WirralAl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rover600[/bold] wrote: I assume the council will be following its own advice and declining any expense claims for entertaining and hospitality that involves alcohol and that the keys to the Council's drinks cabinet and 'Wine cellars' are handed to the local temperance society for safe keeping? It might be worth a FOA request for the amount spent on Alcohol in January just to see 'this shower' lead by example.... Or more likely prove its a case of do as I say not as I do![/p][/quote]I agree. Surely this Clown council should have more pressing issues. What help do they actually give to people who need help with their drinking? Will Steve Foulkus give up the Ale for a month?? He always looks hungover!!! Next year we can have Hungover Mayor!![/p][/quote]If anyone wants confidential help, support and advice around alcohol, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust runs a drop-in service, 10am-noon, Monday to Friday at the Harm Reduction Unit at St. Catherines Hospital community centre. artemis81

2:30pm Fri 13 Dec 13

artemis81 says...

Vigilant12 wrote:
A dry January will only result in a binge during February. People seem to think that if you stop drinking for one whole month then the next month you can drink as much as you like. If people don't dedicate to a dry January and only drink in moderation, the chances are that they will only drink in moderation during February. I guarantee that if people have a dry January, Saturday 1st February will be a good night for pubs and bars around wirral.
*hicc*

I'll drink to that...
[quote][p][bold]Vigilant12[/bold] wrote: A dry January will only result in a binge during February. People seem to think that if you stop drinking for one whole month then the next month you can drink as much as you like. If people don't dedicate to a dry January and only drink in moderation, the chances are that they will only drink in moderation during February. I guarantee that if people have a dry January, Saturday 1st February will be a good night for pubs and bars around wirral.[/p][/quote]*hicc* I'll drink to that... artemis81

3:09pm Fri 13 Dec 13

rover600 says...

I mean like anyone is going to heed this! The only thing that stops people drinking in January is the lack of funds having spent it all at and on Xmas & New Year's Eve.

Seriously a one month campaign is of absolutely no use to anyone and until whatever department be it the council, the NHS or the DWP (No idea which does it but it happens) stops giving out drinks vouchers to every tom, dick and harriet Alcoholic "Dolite' the Alcohol problem will continue large scale.
Giving someone with an addiction be it drink or drugs an all be it rationed supply or substitue fashion will not stop them Drinking or taking Drugs. The only exceptions I have hear of is a degree of success with smokers and nicotine patches - that said that still delivers the nicotine to them without the harmful smoke, but even then the number that fall 'off the wagon' is huge.

You want to stop drinking then stop issuing new liquor licences (on & off) and putting stricter conditions on them too.

And no I am not a teetotaller or Kill-joy I enjoy a drink like most and I don't need to 'get p***d to have a good time, I've had the sense to 'Say no' to cigarettes and 'drugs'. Personally I am fed up to the point of frustration with 'my hard earned money' being taken in taxes and then re-distributed to these idiots. Never a "mind a dog is for life not just for Xmas" Responsibility is for life not just January!
I mean like anyone is going to heed this! The only thing that stops people drinking in January is the lack of funds having spent it all at and on Xmas & New Year's Eve. Seriously a one month campaign is of absolutely no use to anyone and until whatever department be it the council, the NHS or the DWP (No idea which does it but it happens) stops giving out drinks vouchers to every tom, dick and harriet Alcoholic "Dolite' the Alcohol problem will continue large scale. Giving someone with an addiction be it drink or drugs an all be it rationed supply or substitue fashion will not stop them Drinking or taking Drugs. The only exceptions I have hear of is a degree of success with smokers and nicotine patches - that said that still delivers the nicotine to them without the harmful smoke, but even then the number that fall 'off the wagon' is huge. You want to stop drinking then stop issuing new liquor licences (on & off) and putting stricter conditions on them too. And no I am not a teetotaller or Kill-joy I enjoy a drink like most and I don't need to 'get p***d to have a good time, I've had the sense to 'Say no' to cigarettes and 'drugs'. Personally I am fed up to the point of frustration with 'my hard earned money' being taken in taxes and then re-distributed to these idiots. Never a "mind a dog is for life not just for Xmas" Responsibility is for life not just January! rover600

3:46pm Fri 13 Dec 13

bigfoot says...

...and if you don't we will arrange for you not to be able to afford it by raising Council tax,bin charges and introducing parking fees in parks-sorry you already are doing that and it borders on illegality!
...and if you don't we will arrange for you not to be able to afford it by raising Council tax,bin charges and introducing parking fees in parks-sorry you already are doing that and it borders on illegality! bigfoot

4:25pm Fri 13 Dec 13

King Tut says...

WirralAl wrote:
rover600 wrote: I assume the council will be following its own advice and declining any expense claims for entertaining and hospitality that involves alcohol and that the keys to the Council's drinks cabinet and 'Wine cellars' are handed to the local temperance society for safe keeping? It might be worth a FOA request for the amount spent on Alcohol in January just to see 'this shower' lead by example.... Or more likely prove its a case of do as I say not as I do!
I agree. Surely this Clown council should have more pressing issues. What help do they actually give to people who need help with their drinking? Will Steve Foulkus give up the Ale for a month?? He always looks hungover!!! Next year we can have Hungover Mayor!!
Local Councils now hold the Public Health budget, part of that is harm reduction and substance misuse services (which used to be the PCT role), this is now their responsibility (which considering WBC track record does not bode well for the future of public health)
[quote][p][bold]WirralAl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rover600[/bold] wrote: I assume the council will be following its own advice and declining any expense claims for entertaining and hospitality that involves alcohol and that the keys to the Council's drinks cabinet and 'Wine cellars' are handed to the local temperance society for safe keeping? It might be worth a FOA request for the amount spent on Alcohol in January just to see 'this shower' lead by example.... Or more likely prove its a case of do as I say not as I do![/p][/quote]I agree. Surely this Clown council should have more pressing issues. What help do they actually give to people who need help with their drinking? Will Steve Foulkus give up the Ale for a month?? He always looks hungover!!! Next year we can have Hungover Mayor!![/p][/quote]Local Councils now hold the Public Health budget, part of that is harm reduction and substance misuse services (which used to be the PCT role), this is now their responsibility (which considering WBC track record does not bode well for the future of public health) King Tut

10:41am Sat 14 Dec 13

naughtykitties says...

*lights cigarette*

See, we smokers told you all they'd be after anyone who likes a drink when they were finished with us, but would you listen?
*lights cigarette* See, we smokers told you all they'd be after anyone who likes a drink when they were finished with us, but would you listen? naughtykitties

11:43pm Sun 15 Dec 13

MDRyUK says...

As if anyone will listen to a Council that can't sort out matters outstanding with whistle-blower Martin Morton. Happy New Year!
As if anyone will listen to a Council that can't sort out matters outstanding with whistle-blower Martin Morton. Happy New Year! MDRyUK

9:57am Mon 16 Dec 13

Thepleb says...

When councillor meaden was mayoress she sank enough free wines to sink a ship lets see the bar bill from the festive shindigs at the town hall in the next few weeks.
Here's a suggestion how about "cut a councillor for Christmas" I would raise a glass to that.
When councillor meaden was mayoress she sank enough free wines to sink a ship lets see the bar bill from the festive shindigs at the town hall in the next few weeks. Here's a suggestion how about "cut a councillor for Christmas" I would raise a glass to that. Thepleb

2:19pm Mon 16 Dec 13

artemis81 says...

MDRyUK wrote:
As if anyone will listen to a Council that can't sort out matters outstanding with whistle-blower Martin Morton. Happy New Year!
Hey, it's Viz's very own Roger Irrelevant! How you doing, Rog?
[quote][p][bold]MDRyUK[/bold] wrote: As if anyone will listen to a Council that can't sort out matters outstanding with whistle-blower Martin Morton. Happy New Year![/p][/quote]Hey, it's Viz's very own Roger Irrelevant! How you doing, Rog? artemis81

2:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

artemis81 says...

Thepleb wrote:
When councillor meaden was mayoress she sank enough free wines to sink a ship lets see the bar bill from the festive shindigs at the town hall in the next few weeks.
Here's a suggestion how about "cut a councillor for Christmas" I would raise a glass to that.
What 'festive shindigs at the Town Hall' are these?
[quote][p][bold]Thepleb[/bold] wrote: When councillor meaden was mayoress she sank enough free wines to sink a ship lets see the bar bill from the festive shindigs at the town hall in the next few weeks. Here's a suggestion how about "cut a councillor for Christmas" I would raise a glass to that.[/p][/quote]What 'festive shindigs at the Town Hall' are these? artemis81

3:27pm Mon 16 Dec 13

David Scott says...

So much of what is now regarded as 'public health' is really private health.
So much of what is now regarded as 'public health' is really private health. David Scott

8:56pm Mon 16 Dec 13

kevin casey says...

I think this proposal will be a great success ! after all , the goons that run the council , burdening residents with parking fees !. Bedroom tax. ! A hike in council tax in the new year. A lot of vulnerable people will have money to spend on. Food never mind drink.
I think this proposal will be a great success ! after all , the goons that run the council , burdening residents with parking fees !. Bedroom tax. ! A hike in council tax in the new year. A lot of vulnerable people will have money to spend on. Food never mind drink. kevin casey

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