Harlow Council’s Mental Health chair teams up with ADAS for “Dry January”

Communities / Mon 2nd Jan 2017 at 11:46am

adasHARLOW Councillor Ian Beckett and ADAS chief executive Gareth Clement are teaming up again to raise money for the charity by giving up the booze in January.

In 2015 the pair raised over £1,000 by quitting alcohol for Dry January and donating the money to ADAS the Harlow-based charity supporting people with alcohol problems.

ADAS Chief Executive, Gareth Clement said: “The benefits of Dry January go further than just waking up without a hangover,” You lose weight, feel better, sleep better, and save money.”

Cllr Beckett said: “Last time I stuck to soft drinks and not only did I start February feeling a lot healthier, but I donated the money I’d saved to ADAS which does some wonderful work in Harlow and surrounding areas.”

You can sponsor Gareth & Ian’s efforts for ADAS via the following link:

Last year ADAS helped around 580 people – that’s adults and children of families with alcohol problems.

“One client, who has two young children said that she owed her life to ADAS. She said her alcohol use was out of control and she was close to suicide when she came to us. Now she has been dry for 34 months, turned her life around and has become a mentor to other people in the same position as she was,” said Gareth.

The team of staff and volunteers at ADAS provide advice, counselling and support to adults of all ages and their families.

The Dry January challenge, spearheaded by Alcohol Concern and supported by Public Health England, has been gaining momentum over the past few years, with thousands of individuals making a healthy start to the New Year by pledging to ban alcohol for a month.

Essex County Council together with HAGA, have also launched a great tool to help people monitor their alcohol use and link them up with local support, visit https://dontbottleitup.org.uk to find out more.

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