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Xmas song encourages local people to realise the impact of alcohol

December 5, 2012

A Derry~Londonderry project supported by the Big Lottery Fund has teamed up with a local music group to encourage local people to drink sensibly over the Christmas period.

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Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum’s Drink Think project, funded with £1million from the Big Lottery Fund’s Safe and Well programme, has teamed up with Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas to release a new single ‘Can’t Say No’  to encourage people not to let alcohol spoil Christmas for themselves or their family.

The song tells the story of a man who prioritises drink over spending time at home. He then wakes up to the realisation that Christmas is just around the corner and there’s not much in for the children and there is not much money left either.

It has been written with the intention of trying to get people to realise that the decisions they make in relation to alcohol can impact on other people.

Joanne Smith, manager of Drink Think, said: ‘We want people to enjoy all that’s good and great about the festive period and to prioritise friends and family over alcohol. Alcohol may well be a part of their celebrations, but it just shouldn’t be the primary focus for people. Paddy and the Band are fantastic at conveying a message in a way that people can relate to so it was a pleasure to team up with them on this.’

Speaking as the song was launched, singer/songwriter Paddy Nash, said: “We are delighted to be part of this fantastic campaign. We were well aware of the great work being done already by the Drink Think team and are proud to be part of it in a small way. We hope the song will get you dancing, get you singing along and most of all get you thinking.”

The song and accompanying video will be available for download through the Drink Think Website and Youtube from 5th December.

You can have listen to the song ‘Can’t Say No’ at: http://paddynash.co.uk/music.asp

Performances of the song will take place during the Christmas market from 6-8pm on 12th and at 6.30pm on 13th December and Drink Think staff will be on board to chat to people about any questions or concerns they might have.

For more information on sensible drinking or to find out where to find help log onto http://www.drinkthinkproject.org or phone 02871363925.

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