Janice Tatham

Janice came to Forward Leeds with serious issues around drinking. With help from Forward Leeds she was able to stop drinking which may have saved her life. She then found through sustained recovery work and group work the strength to maintain her recovery. After a period of volunteering at 5 WAYS, she has just got…

Anna Headley

 15th January 2018 “Since ‘inadvertently’ starting Dry January I’ve lost 6 lbs (two weeks) which has shocked me as I hadn’t thought myself to be a heavy or even moderate drinker. “The added pluses which will also have contributed to the weight loss are that I’ve not been snacking on crisps and other snacks after…

Chris

 11th January 2018 “I’m not a big drinker but may have the occasional drink over the weekend. I have previously completed Dry January several times and also take part in Stoptober – both have become easier to complete over time. “To ensure I stuck to Dry January I planned for a long walk on the…

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The Chief Medical Officers’ guidance is that: If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep the risks to your baby to a minimum. Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby; with the more you drink the greater the risk. The…

Alex

Alex got help through a member of the Forward Leeds team that works at his local health centre. Alex talks about how Forward Leeds were able to help him control his drinking and the changes that has meant to his life. Forward Leeds have staff based in over 50 GPs surgeries and health centres across…

Chris

 9th January 2018 “Well, I’ve found it surprisingly easy so far, but yes its only been a week. Several of my friends seemed surprised when I told them I was going to attempt it. “I’m not sure if its that they didn’t think I had the confidence to, or that they know what I do…

Forward Leeds are supporting Dry January as a public health campaign in 2018. We are encouraging the general public to feel the benefits of a month off alcohol. 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…

Bill Owen, our Early Intervention and Prevention Manager, has been recording advice for broadcast on local radio over the Christmas period. In line with the Forward Leeds Keep Calm at Christmas campaign, Bill has been sharing some of our Tips for Safer Seasonal Drinking with local radio stations Radio Aire and Heart Yorkshire. Bill’s advice…

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 activities…

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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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