Here at Forward Leeds we are encouraging the general public to feel the benefits of a month off alcohol for Dry January. There are many benefits to a month not drinking. People feel better, sleep better, lose weight and gain pounds in their pocket. They also find they have the time to try different…

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  Dry January began in 2012 as the brainchild of a member of staff at Alcohol Concern, Emily Robinson, who had given up drink in January 2011 to train for a half-marathon. She felt she benefitted so much from a month of booze that she repeated it in 2012. People she spoke to about it…

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There are plenty of reasons for taking part in Dry January. Here are some of them You will sleep better Your skin will improve You can lose weight After the Christmas splurge it’s a great way to save money. The average UK adult spends nearly £70 a month on alcohol It gives you a chance…

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Several staff at Forward Leeds have decided to do Dry January. They will be sharing their stories here as the month progresses.  Here are the reasons they have decided to do it. Chris I am doing dry January because I want to lose some weight, give my body a ‘kick-start’ for the new year and…

The Leeds alcohol and drug service Forward Leeds is running a campaign to encourage safer drinking at Christmas. Forward Leeds are distributing their Tips for Safer Seasonal Drinking leaflet into health centres, GPs surgeries, pharmacies and Leeds Council One Stop Centres as well as from their three hubs in the city. The advice is also…

Christmas and New Year can be a fun time for some but a difficult time for others. Some may overindulge in the seasonal spirit but some people may not feel very festive at all. Below is a link to our Tips for Safer Drinking over Christmas and a link to advice and information for those…

Christmas and New Year can be a difficult time for many of us. It brings pressures and problems to bear. Here is some advice for Christmas and New Year. Be careful about comparing yourself to others at Christmas Unrealistic media and advertising versions of other people’s festive celebrations can make us feel less positive. Be…

  Tips for Safer Seasonal Drinking The drink can flow freely throughout the festive period. It’s tempting to enjoy yourself, knowing that you have an extended break to relax and switch off. But, it’s easy to drink too much. Children might see their parents behave differently from usual due to having too much – which…

Freshers Week

Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 runs from the 13-19 November. The theme this year is Alcohol and Families. Some people might not consider the everyday impact that a glass of wine here or a pint of beer there may have on their relationships. You don’t have to be a problem drinker for drinking to cause problems….

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Forward Leeds attended a couple of events at the main Leeds Pride weekend. On Saturday 5 August they were in Leeds City Museum on Millennium Square at the LGBT+ Pride Market Place. This was a chance to find out about LGBT+ services, support and community groups in Leeds. The event was opened at midday by the…

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