WILTSHIRE Council is encouraging people to reduce their alcohol consumption this month and have a healthy start to the new year.

The council wants to build on the success of Alcohol Awareness Week in November and is encouraging people to stay off alcohol for at least two days a week to see the positive effects this can have.

Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public health, said: “There is no better time to launch this campaign. At the start of the new year, resolutions are made and people look to improve aspects of their life.

“Staying alcohol free, even for just a couple of days a week in January, will be a great way for people to start the year as they mean to go on.”

The council said people will see an improvement in their general health as well as possibly losing weight and saving money.

To sign a pledge and commit to not drinking alcohol for at least two days a week during January people can visit wiltshire.gov.uk/alcoholanddrugsadvice.

For advice, information and guidance on alcohol or drug use call 0845 603 6993 if over 18 or 0800 169 6136 if under 18.