Corby Borough Council together with the Neighbourhood Policing Team and other partners are supporting Dry January in a bid to not only support people in giving up alcohol for the month of January but to encourage sensible drinking habits at all times.
While Dry January is focused on supporting individuals who wish to abstain from alcohol for the moth or give up altogether, Corby Borough Council’s Safer Corby Team are currently working alongside Tresham Institute to encourage sensible drinking amongst students and raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol misuse.
An information display will be in the main Tresham foyer for the entire month and a live chat event will be running on Tuesday 28th January. Students will be able to take part in a range of interactive exercises around the effects of alcohol on the body and the consequences of drink driving. Northamptonshire Safer Roads Team and countywide misuse charity, Aquarius will be supporting the workshop activity.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Bob Eyles, said:
“This campaign forms an important part of the work of the Safer Corby Team. It is worrying that many students still feel pressured to adopt a regular drinking habit in order to fit in with their peers and what is perceived as a ‘normal’ student life. Excessive alcohol consumption not only affects your general health, bit it can also damage relationships, can be expensive and increases the chances of becoming a victim of crime. Initiatives like Dry January will help to promote the message that you don’t have to drink to have a good time and to be more aware of the risks of excessive drinking.”
Georgie Beech, Student Experience Coordinator for Tresham College Northants said:
“At Tresham we strive to create awareness and educate our students around sensitive subjects such as alcohol abuse/ alcohol awareness, in order to help students make informed sensible decisions impacting their health and well-being, so being partnered with Corby Borough Councils ‘safer Corby partnerships’ team to roll out a ‘dry January’ campaign is a fantastic opportunity for us.”
Keith Millard from the Northamptonshire Safer Roads Team, said:
“It’s important for students to understand the dangers of drink driving and how it affects their decision making. The consequences of being involved in an accident can have lifelong implications.”
Notes to Editors
Research by the National Union of Students undertaken in 2017 showed alcohol use still being relatively common amongst the wider student community, with 79% of those questioned agreeing that drinking and getting drunk is an integral part of the university/student culture.