Sober, not stirred
DRY July is here, and we’re inviting you to get on the wagon for a good cause. All you need to do is go alcohol-free for a month and donate the money you save to help those affected by cancer. If the suggestion of a month without alcohol gives you withdrawal symptoms, this campaign is especially for you. The benefits of going booze-free are many. One – weight loss. Alcohol adds extra kilojoules to your intake. These are empty kilojoules without the nutritional benefits and sense of fullness from 520kj of healthy food. Two – sleep better. Having a nightcap might make you fall asleep faster, but later the alcohol wears off and your body needs rehydrating, causing you to wake. Alcohol can also exacerbate snoring, sleep apnoea and other breathing disorders. Instead of a night cap, go for a glass of unsweetened milk. Three – stress less. While there is nothing like a glass of vino after a stressful day at the office, overdoing it can make it more difficult to cope with stress. Alcohol reduces the body’s physiological stress response, and can make it more difficult for you to cope with stress. Try alternative stress-reduction strategies, such as breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, or meditation. Four – clearer skin. Alcohol dehydrates the body, including your body’s largest organ, the skin. Drinking in excess can deprive your skin of vital vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin A, which is responsible for cell renewal. This can result in dullness, dark circles, bloating and puffiness, premature aging, as well as rosacea, which causes the skin to flush easily and may leave capillary damage, resulting in permanent redness! Use Dry July as a skin treatment and Instabrag about your new healthy glow! Five – better karma. By donating the money you’d normally spend on a night out, you can make a difference in the life of someone affected by cancer. Go booze-free this month via www.dryjuly.com and give your mojo a much-needed boost.
KATIE CLIFT Queensland Cancer Council