A campaign that encourages people to not drink alcohol for a month saw thousands take part in North Tyneside.
Dry January, which urges people to stay alcohol free for 31 days, has been hailed a success with more than 17,300 people signing up to take part this year – with over one in four coming from the north east.
For the second consecutive year, Alcohol Concern’s Dry January, supported by Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, challenged people to use the aftermath of December’s excesses as a time to consider a healthier approach.
Marietta Evans, North Tyneside Council’s director of public health, said: “I am delighted that so many people in North Tyneside supported the Dry January campaign.
“It was a great opportunity for people to review how much they usually drink and to experience the positive benefits to their health as a result.
“The short term benefits during the month – having more energy and sleeping better – will hopefully have encouraged those involved to limit their alcohol intake on a longer term basis and therefore reduce the serious health risks that excessive alcohol can contributes to, including heart disease, liver disease and some cancers.”