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Having a Dry July has great health benefits. We've brought together a collection of articles that could help you with your Dry July.

All The Good Stuff That Happens To Your Body When You Take A Break From Alcohol

By Alana Wulff on

There’s nothing quite like going out with your mates for a big night or two (or three), but there’s also nothing as satisfying as realising you’ve managed to sidestep another time-wasting, hangry hangover.

Making the decision to hit the reset button and take a break from booze isn’t just liberating, it’s a sure-fire way to save your cash and get your mental and physical health back on track. So, with Dry July just around the corner, here are just some of the best reasons to contemplate hitting snooze on the booze.

Your Sleep Improves

Is there anything more annoying than waking up at 3am because those delicious yet devious wines and beers have messed with your sleep patterns? Drinking, especially if you’re indulging on a regular basis, can majorly affect your sleep cycle as well as the actual quality of your sleep.

Your Weight Stabilises

When it comes to alcohol and weight gain, there are a few things to consider. Not only do we consume more food and make poor dietary decisions with less satiety when we’re hungover, but every drink we’re putting into our bodies is filled with “empty” calories. Yep, even those vodka sodas.

What’s more, if you’re a spirit drinker, most of the mixers that regularly feature alongside your favourite tipple – like cola, lemonade and tonic (along with pre-mixed beverages for that matter) – are filled with sugar. Alcohol has zero nutritional value to boot – so we’re basically just consuming empty calories.

To add insult to injury, our bodies processes booze before anything else, which means the focus is on expelling the alcohol instead of burning off all the carbs or sugar you may have also consumed that night. Most importantly – giving up drinking allows your liver to heal and lowers your risk of developing fatty liver and liver disease over a longer period of time.

You Look Better

One of the many reasons we look and feel so haggard after a big night out is that the booze we’re consuming is actually a diuretic – meaning it dehydrates the heck out of our bodies and especially our skin. Basically, booze gets broken down into acetaldehyde, which damages DNA. This leads to a breakdown of collagen fibres as well as inflammation and hyperpigmentation. This can make us look super dull and emphasise the bags under the eyes (among other things).

What’s more, because alcohol causes inflammation (and yes, this inflammation can increase the risk of certain cancers), it’s more likely that you could notice a few extra pimples, clogged pores, blackheads or even broken capillaries if you’re a regular drinker.

Your Energy And Focus Return

Because cutting out alcohol improves sleep, you may also notice an improvement in your ability to focus and concentrate as a result. How nice would it be to go about your day-to-day activities without feeling like you’re carrying a major sleep deficit all the time? When we pull back on the booze, we’re also less susceptible in spikes in our blood sugar, which can also affect our moods and concentration levels.

For those living with mental illnesses like anxiety and depression, avoiding an added depressant is always going to help. And, while booze can feel like a quick fix especially in social situations, the truth is, drinking has the potential to leave us feeling worse than ever due to the lower serotonin levels we experience once the alcohol wears off.

You Save Money

Perhaps one of the most immediate and tangible benefits of giving up booze is the money factor. Sure, it has nothing to do with the effects on your body, but it’s seriously worth considering.

While a few bucks here or there on drinks might not seem like a lot, it can add up if you’re going out numerous times a week, getting around in taxis, ordering late-night takeaway, and splashing cash on impromptu purchases when you’re sloshed (hello, ASOS, yes, it’s me. Again).

This article was originally published on Junkee. Read the original article.

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Preparing for your Dry July

By Dry July Foundation on

You’re doing something amazing – improving your own health, and helping to change the lives of people affected by cancer. We're with you every step of the way for your Dry July, so don't be daunted by taking some time off the booze! 

Plus, remember the funds you raise will improve the comfort and wellbeing of people affected by cancer.

Here are our top tips to help you prepare and stay dry this July:

In preparation:

  • In June try to slow down your alcohol intake to half of what you would normally consume.
  • Plan your social calendar. Offer to be the Designated Dryver on a night out, or if you have an event that you really want to drink at, ask someone to buy you a Golden Ticket. It will give you a night off the wagon, while also raising...
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Navigating drinking culture in the workplace when you're sober

By ABC Everyday / By Flip Prior on

This year, I've had plenty of time to reflect on what influenced my past drinking habits since quitting on January 1 — and colleagues have emerged as a strong theme.

Look, I'm not about to try to blame Bob in accounts for my own after-work boozing, but given how much time most of us spend at work (and how stressful that environment can be) it's not surprising workmates loom large in shaping drinking behaviour.

Hanging out with colleagues in social situations often brings a not-so-subtle pressure to drink — it's ubiquitous, especially in the media industry, and opting out can feel uncomfortably weird.

And like lots of situations in which drinking is involved, habits can be ingrained after many years until they eventually feel normalised...

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Alcohol can be hard to quit — here are ways to set yourself up to succeed

By ABC Everyday / By Johanna Khan on

Have you ever considered cutting down on the amount of alcohol you drink, or even stopping completely?

It's not that you have a big problem with alcohol but there are some things about your relationship with booze that you want to change.

You might be reflecting on your indulgent holiday period and want to take a step back, or perhaps you've noticed your drinking is stopping you from doing other things.

So how do you get started? While a break from booze will look different for each one of us, there are certain strategies that can really help if you want to stop drinking (even if it's just for a while).

Create a support network

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