This month is Dry July!

Dry July is a fundraiser that encourages you to go alcohol free in July to raise funds for cancer.
This is a real win-win for everybody. The funds you raise as part of your Dry July will provide invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers – whether it’s a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment.

Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So you’re not only helping others, you’re helping yourself. What a month off drinking does for your body
Whatever the purpose for your month off alcohol, the health benefits of abstaining remain the same.

Australians and their alcohol: the figures
80% :the percentage of Australians over 18 who drank alcohol in the last year
1.9M :the number of Australians drinking more than 6 standard drinks per day
$32.25 :the amount the average Australian household spends on alcohol per week
17% :the percentage of Australians drinking at levels that put them at risk of alcohol-related disease

What are the risks of drinking too much?
Alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation, but drinking too much has negative impacts on your wellbeing.

Short-term risks

  • Reduced concentration
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Blackouts
  • Intense moods (aggression, elation, depression)
  • Slower reflexes
  • Long-term risks

  • Irreversible liver, brain or nervous system damage
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased chance of a number of cancers
  • Alcohol-related disease, illness or injuries
  • How much is too much?
    Men : no more than two standards drinks per day
    Women : no more than one standard drinks per day

    What can happen if you give up drinking for five weeks?

  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Increase in wakefulness
  • Enhance work performance
  • Improve concentration
  • also
    Lose weight
    Decrease in cholesterol
    Lower blood glucose
    Decrease in liver fat

    Other benefits of giving up alcohol
    Savings : The average Australian Household will save $1,664 a year (or roughly 85 avocado toasts)
    Mental health : Your mental health could improve, as alcohol can trigger or worsen existing symptoms of anxiety
    Cut calories : You can cut out an average of 433 calories (men) or 300 calories (women) per day
    Healthier skin : Alcohol causes dehydration, so abstaining will leave you with hydrated healthier-looking skin
    Help reduce smoking: When you drink you tend to smoke more. Alcohol reduces the effects of nicotine in the brain, so you smoke more to compensate!
    What to expect when you stop drinking?
    Make #onechange to your drinking habits
    Drink a glass of water before, between, and after drinks
    Aim for at least four alcohol-free days per week
    Track your alcohol with an app like BAC alcohol Calculator
    Arrange early morning weekend catch-ups – and stick to them

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