An annual project will record the experiences of a person over one year on the challenges and benefits sobriety brings.

‘Twenty twenty vision for 2020’ is a year long project which takes a sober look at the highs and lows of a healthier lifestyle that could inspire other drinkers to change.

The Alcohol and Drug Service is appealing for a person(s) who would like to quit drinking for a minimum of a year. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the difference sobriety and a clear head can make to a person’s life.

Going teetotal involves a major lifestyle change. Abstinence from alcohol can be tough particularly when negotiating some social circles. However, there are many advantages with adopting a sober lifestyle; noticing improvements in overall health, the waistline and mood, which, as a result can improve relationships and maximise fun times with friends and family.

The volunteers will diarise findings and receive full support and advice from a team of experts at The Alcohol and Drug Service throughout the year.

Tim Young is the Chief Executive of The Alcohol and Drug Service. He says:

“The suitable candidate will be a member of the public who drinks regularly and, has considered giving up alcohol, or at least tried to reduce the amount consumed.” “To check that you are suitable complete our on line questionnaire. Anyone who scores 14 or less is suitable for the project”

“The purpose of this project is to highlight the positive experiences sobriety can bring to an individual and the advantages it can have on their health, wellbeing and life in general.”

“The Public Health England guidelines recommend that we drink no more than 14 units of alcohol, spread out over the week. This equates to roughly 1.5 bottles of wine or 5 pints of average strength beer. Anyone exceeding this limit could be causing damage to their health and with this in mind, we are hoping people will come forward who want to break the habit for a clear 2020 vision going into the new decade!”

“A glass of wine after work in the evening is the norm for many people across the UK as is binge drinking on a weekend. While the vast majority people who drink are not dependent, that doesn’t mean that the health risks don’t apply or that they couldn’t benefit from reducing their intake or abstaining.”

If you are interested in taking part in this project please complete the questionnaire here you MUST score 14 or less to join the project, if you do contact The Alcohol and Drug Service either by calling 01482 320606 or via facebook.com/TheAlcoholDrugService

Published 10th January 2020

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