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Issue:- 26 December 2014

Hospital Alcohol Liaison Team support Dry January!

THE Hospital Alcohol Liaison Team (HALT) at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are encouraging staff and patients alike to take part in:- "Dry January".

Dry January is an initiative by the charity Alcohol Concern that encourages people to take a month off from alcohol following the excess of the festive period. 'HALT' will be hosting a stand at Southport hospital in the 1st week of January explaining the benefits of going dry for January.

Research has shown that, after completing Dry January found that out of 72% of participants had sustained reduced levels of harmful drinking 6 months later. The 23% of people who had "harmful alcohol consumption" when they started Dry January are now in the "low risk" category 4% of participants were still dry 6 months on Mandy Smith, Lead Alcohol Specialist Nurse, said:- "People who have taken part in Dry January have reported feeling healthier, losing weight, having more money and taking up new hobbies. There are great benefits to be had from taking part, even if it is just for the month!"

The 'HALT' team also works in partnership with 'Lifeline Sefton' and 'DISCOVER' West Lancashire to provide support for those with alcohol dependency. For more information on "Dry January". you can visit the 'HALT' team at Southport hospital, outside the restaurant on the 1st floor, during the 1st week of January 2015. You can also visit:-

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THIS image was taken by our annual Santa Cam of Santa whilst delivering presents to us on Merseyside. This year we teamed up again with and others to help track his progress over Christmas Eve and into the morning of Christmas Day.  So did you see him on our Santa Cam?  If you did please let us know! The Santa Cam will be returning again next Christmas, but we will be going even more high-tec!  This year we would like to say a very big thank you to Andy Johnson for helping us to get the camera installed successfully.  If you missed him, we will be adding a video to our Facebook Page on Monday, 29 December 2014.

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