The importance of taking a break from alcohol
It can be easy to get in the cycle of going out after work, a few drinks here, a few drinks there, and all of a sudden across the week the numbers can really add up. When looking at the bigger picture, your health, it is all about balance and moderation, not the all or nothing approach. Taking a month off to reset and recalibrate can lead to several short- and long-term health benefits that the current and future you will thank you for.
It’s a great opportunity to press pause and reset for the month of July. It’s a chance to focus on some other areas of your life, like keeping active in the cooler months! Taking a break from alcohol and joining initiatives like Dry July can benefit yourself as well as others, as you will be helping raise important funds for people affected by cancer in the process – so why not, it is a win-win!
The health and wellbeing benefits for taking a month off alcohol
By taking a month off from alcohol and signing up for a Dry July you could notice some short-term benefits, some of these include:
- Being in a happier mood
- Weight loss
- Increased energy and clearer head
- Clearer and healthier skin
- Improved hydration
- Improvements to your training or a better routine
- Better recovery (for those active people or athletes out there) and muscle maintenance or building (we know alcohol impacts on recovery and muscle protein synthesis)
Looking at the bigger picture and your long-term health, we know that drinking alcohol can increase the risk of alcohol related illness and injury. This includes various types of cancer, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, mental health conditions and injuries (accidents and falls), so taking a month off to press pause and reset will help prevent you from these alcohol related illness and injury risks.
There can also be financial benefits (saving money – yes please) which is always a win as you can use the extra cash you would spend on alcohol on something else.
Top tips for staying sober during Dry July
Tip 1: Make plans with friends and loved ones that you can look forward to and don’t centre around drinking – brunch, hiking, coastal walks, or active weekends away.
Tip 2: Set yourself a savings target and treat yourself at the end of the month with something you really enjoy – or better yet, donate the money you saved to your Dry July to help people affected by cancer.
Tip 3: Replace your usual alcohol beverages with mocktail recipes, kombucha, soda water or herbal tea.
Tip 4: Drink your non-alcoholic beverages from a nice fancy wine glass – there is something about the action of drinking from a nice glass which makes the process so much more enjoyable (maybe buy yourself some new fancy glasses with any money you have saved)
Tip 5: Tell your friends and family that you’re doing Dry July and recruit some comrades to help raise funds and reap the many benefits of taking a month off alcohol. Invite your friends to join and sign up to Dry July this year by visiting the website.