Here’s to going without booze
RESIDENTS in Campaspe have been urged to ditch the booze for a month to raise money for people living with cancer and experience health benefits of being alcohol-free.
Since 2008, a quarter of a million Australians have rallied around the popular ‘Dry July’ campaign, raising over $60 million to help provide essential services for people living with cancer.
In addition to helping others, giving up alcohol — even for a month — can deliver significant health benefits.
Healthier Campaspe project manager Jane Stephens said Dry July traditionally had strong uptake in local communities, but this year her team was hoping for even greater participation.
“COVID-19 has caused a lot of stress,” Ms Stephens said.
“Communities are saying they need a positive reset. Dry July is an opportunity for people to develop healthier behaviours, while helping and connecting with each other.”
Healthier Campaspe is a locally based partnership, comprised of health and community services working together, to strengthen community health and wellbeing outcomes.
“We know the prospect of going without alcohol can be daunting, particularly as it can be a coping mechanism. But it’s not a healthy one,” Ms Stephens said.
“There are many short- to longterm health benefits when people reduce or give up alcohol. From improved sleep, energy and concentration, as well as the experience of anxiety and depression can actually decrease.
“Alcohol is also high in calories with no nutritional value. It can be expensive. And who doesn’t want to save more money? This July, sign up with friends as a team to see how much you can raise together.”
Funds raised through Dry July are distributed through the Dry July foundation to its partner organisations. They provide invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers.
To sign up, visit www.dryjuly.com