Dry July 2017

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Mid-point in the year is often a good time to press the reset button, a bit like New Year. It can be a good time to reflect on the behaviours we’re using to cope with life’s stresses and think about how healthy they are for our bodies and minds.

Dry July is an initiative that provides an opportunity to experience the health benefits of a month without alcohol with the added benefit of raising funds for people affected by cancer. The great thing about dry July is it gives you an excuse, in the face of social pressure to drink alcohol, to give your body a healthy break from booze.

The idea is to sign up, go booze free in July, get friends/family to sponsor you and in doing so help people affected by cancer. So far 17,577 have signed up and raised over $1.5 million, and many more just abstain from alcohol for a month for the health benefits alone.

 

 

With a month off alcohol you’re likely to experience a bunch of health benefits. Enjoy a clearer head, increased energy and productivity levels, a sense of achievement, clearer skin, weight loss and a healthier bank balance.

The ABC : Ask The Doctor has a very interesting and entertaining episode all about Alcohol. Check it out on ABC IVIEW. 

Funds raised go Australian organisations to improve the comfort, care and wellbeing of patients. Check out how it all works on the Dry July webpage.

Here are some resources from the Dry July team to help you during Dry July. There are even some helpful psychologist tips for surviving.

The Dry July team encourage people to drink responsibly all year round and to stick to the recommended daily guidelines for the rest of the year. Those who are heavy drinkers or dependent on alcohol are advised to discuss with their GP before signing up. Make an appointment with a GP at the University Health Service for support.

If you want to discuss your or someone else’s alcohol or other substance use, contact our UON Counselling team on 49216622 or email counselling@newcastle.edu.au Ask a Student Support Advisor to speak to our drug and alcohol counsellor.

About the author

Rich Thorpe is a Counselling & Coaching Psychologist, and an online counsellor at Newcastle University Counselling Service. His interests include Yoga, Martial Arts, Tennis, Bushwalking and getting up way to early to watch english premier league soccer.

The material or views expressed on this Blog are those of the author and do not represent those of the University.  Please report any offensive or improper use of this Blog to RPS@newcastle.edu.au.
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