Open Road’s recovery worker extols the virtues of Dry January

Health / Thu 4th Jan 2024 at 09:16am

ANDRRW Potts, a Senior Recovery Worker at Open Road’s Harlow Centre, has signed up for Dry January. Open Road is a charity working across Essex and Medway in Kent supporting people and families with drug and alcohol addiction. Open Road is supporting Dry January which is a campaign run by Alcohol Change UK to encourage people to go alcohol-free throughout the month of January – full details are available on their website: www.alcoholchange.org.uk.

Andrew said, “I decided to complete Dry January, as I found I was drinking a beer every day, probably out of habit. Usually, when I arrived home and walked in the kitchen, I would have a drink of water and then go to the fridge for a beer. As these beers were 500ml, this meant I was exceeding the recommended government guidelines for alcohol consumption of 14 units per week.

If I had had a good day, I would have a beer to celebrate. If I had had a bad day, I would have a beer to relax. I was contemplating reducing my alcohol intake for several months and then a colleague, Emma showed me the Try Dry app. And I thought, ‘Why not?’. Once I had verbally committed and shared that with colleagues, in my head, I have to do it.

I am hoping that it gives me more energy and allows me to sleep better. As a side-effect I hope that it will mean I consume less calories and moderate my calorific intake. I did complete Dry January in 2019, while I was volunteering at Open Road Chelmsford.”

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