Dry July encourages participants to go alcohol-free for a month to raise funds for adults living with cancer, but the benefits of doing the challenge don't stop there.
Leanne French, a relationship therapist and addictions counsellor, says taking a break from the booze could have a positive impact on your health and mental wellbeing.
"Drinking even small amounts of alcohol often can make you feel tired and depressed," says Ms French, who has been a counsellor for over 25 years.
“One of the biggest benefits from taking a break is that people feel healthier and better in the morning, and have more energy, which naturally leads on to doing other healthy things, like eating better food and exercising."
There's also the 'feel-good factor' associated with setting yourself a goal and achieving it, and that can help improve your self-esteem. Not only that, going alcohol-free for a month could give you the opportunity to improve your relationships with the loved ones in your life.
"Drinking and recovering from drinking can be selfish. It can shut other people out and make you less physically and emotionally available to your partner," Ms French says.
"Taking a break means you can assess whether this is happening, and may change your attitude to alcohol if it’s something that is having an impact on your relationship with a loved one."
For more information on Dry July, visit their website.
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