Around this time each year, the words ‘Dry July’ come up. They pop up as a discussion point on morning television, and we see it on our news feed as friends rally up the courage to put down alcohol for July. But why actually have a Dry July? The campaign means that by simply giving up the drink, people can gather donations for adults living with cancer. But beyond this, there are also some great benefits to having a Dry July.
1. Your body can detox
Whether you drink occasionally, once a week or every day, having a month free of alcohol gives your body a chance to detox from all the toxins that harm your body when you consume alcohol. Short term effects like hangovers and vomiting from alcohol poisoning are avoided for a month, and your body is given a chance to heal from long term effects like liver disease.
2. You will feel happier
Sure, alcohol helps you to loosen up and have a good time, but do you ever feel happy the next day? For many of us, drinking has become a crutch that helps us to alleviate stress, relax and establish relationships. The fact is though, that any issues or stressors we have before we drink alcohol, are inevitably there afterwards. In fact, we often have more the day after when we can’t remember what we did or who we were with. Use this time to deal with the uncomfortable things you normally hide from, and you will find happiness knowing they no longer hinder your life.
3. Your wallet will thank you
Alcohol is expensive, and any night you go out a large portion of your budget will be blown on buying drinks for yourself and friends. By choosing not to drink alcohol, you will save a whole lot of money. Non-alcoholic drinks are cheaper and water is free; imagine what you can save with all the money that will stay in your wallet this month!
4. Your relationships will be healthier
Without the aid of alcohol, you have the ability to truly engage and invest in your relationships. Get to know new people and remember details about them, catch up for coffee with friends you normally only see at the club, and use the time to make memories with close friends and family.
5. Try something new
Having a Dry July with friends, or even by yourself, gives you the opportunity to try something new. Go and do activities you normally miss, and remember how much fun there is in simple things like going bowling, having a movie night or going hiking. Perhaps you have a bucket list item you want to cross off, now is your chance to do it! Go and have the adventures you always dreamed of. Without the option of drinking alcohol, you’ll find a whole new world of possibilities open up for you.
For more information about Dry July, visit the official website here.
Are you having a Dry July? Sign up here for the Watersedge 30 Days Alcohol Free Challenge, and you will receive a free inspirational tip in your inbox everyday this month! If you’re brave enough to go all in, you can also check out our Challenge Guide and Workbook in the store.
This blog was published by WatersedgeCounselling on July 3, 2015. Read the original post here.