MP gives up booze for a month

Northwich Guardian: MP gives up booze for a month MP gives up booze for a month

A NORTHWICH MP has vowed to give up booze for a month to highlight the dangers of alcohol.

Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans has pledged to support Dry January, a 31-day campaign to promote alcohol misuse.

As vice chairman of the all party beer group, he says he enjoys a pint but has already lost six pounds, drinking water and herbal teas.

He said: “I want to raise awareness of the problems that drink causes to people’s health. The cost the health service is immense, not to mention the crime and anti-social behaviour that the police have to give up their time to deal with.”

To gain more insight into the problems facing alcoholics, Mr Evans was invited to an AA meeting.

He said everything members said was confidential but he was overwhelmed by the charity’s ability to encourage alcoholics to talk openly about their problem.

Mr Evans said: “It was the most moving experience of my life. What struck me was how normal they all were. They could have been my colleagues, neighbours or family members. There were horrendous stories. You don’t realise there are so many problems.

“I would urge anyone who wakes up in the morning and needs a drink to seek help. The AA does a lot of good work. Happily, a lot of people come through it.”

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11:36am Thu 23 Jan 14

L Byrne says...

Graham would earn a few more brownie points on this issue if he promised to oppose the subsidy on the bars and restaurants in Parliament which is currently costing taxpayers nearly £7 million a year.

Maybe being vice chairman of the Parliamentary Beer Group, whatever that is, might make it difficult for him.
Graham would earn a few more brownie points on this issue if he promised to oppose the subsidy on the bars and restaurants in Parliament which is currently costing taxpayers nearly £7 million a year. Maybe being vice chairman of the Parliamentary Beer Group, whatever that is, might make it difficult for him. L Byrne
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12:55pm Thu 23 Jan 14

pdrinkwater says...

lucky he can afford to drink, he must put it on expences
lucky he can afford to drink, he must put it on expences pdrinkwater
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6:14pm Thu 23 Jan 14

47thmoon says...

given his lot cut taxes for offshore money launderers and then rip benefits off the sick, maybe he should consider giving up his seat to show he is against the abuse of power by politicians (including those on the expenses take)?
given his lot cut taxes for offshore money launderers and then rip benefits off the sick, maybe he should consider giving up his seat to show he is against the abuse of power by politicians (including those on the expenses take)? 47thmoon
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10:47am Fri 24 Jan 14

MrT1976 says...

Yawn.......
Yawn....... MrT1976
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3:47pm Mon 27 Jan 14

John_Harrison says...

Mr Evans said: “It was the most moving experience of my life. What struck me was how normal they all were. They could have been my colleagues, neighbours or family members."

Yep... sounds about right to me... explains a lot too!
Mr Evans said: “It was the most moving experience of my life. What struck me was how normal they all were. They could have been my colleagues, neighbours or family members." Yep... sounds about right to me... explains a lot too! John_Harrison
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