What is Dry July?
In July, an average of 11,526 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. No one asks for cancer, so the campaign asks Aussies to help by going dry this July.
Funds raised through Dry July go towards cancer support organisations across Australia, such as The Leukaemia Foundation and Cancer Council, to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing.
The Dry July Foundation helps to provide things that may not be front of mind following a cancer diagnosis, such as assistance with getting to and from an appointment, somewhere to stay near the hospital, Wi-Fi access and mobile phone chargers.
Patient anxiety and the side effects of cancer treatment are reduced through funding services such as complementary therapies, wellness programs, and wig libraries, and by providing comfortable and inviting spaces for patients to inhabit while undergoing treatment.
What is a Golden Ticket?
A Golden Ticket gives a Dry July participant a night off their challenge. For a minimum cost of $25, their night off can still make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.
To donate a Golden Ticket, go to the Dry July website and search the participant you wish to donate to, click ‘Donate’ on their profile page, and select ‘Golden Ticket’ on the donation form.
What are the health benefits of Dry July?
If you’re a regular drinker, taking a month-long break from booze is likely to bring about some health benefits in the short-term, including:
- Lower blood glucose
- Decrease in cholesterol
- Weight loss
- Increased energy levels and higher productivity
- Better sleep
- Clearer head and skin
- Enhanced concentration
- No hangovers!
You also lower your risk of injury because alcohol impairs your balance, cognitive abilities and motor skills which makes you more likely to hurt yourself.
Across Australia, more than 1.9 million individuals drink more than 6 standard drinks per day which is well above the recommended amount of no more than 2 standard drinks per day.
While a month of sobriety may create some positive change in the short-term, it won’t do much to lower your lifetime risk of harm from drinking alcohol — most of which arises from chronic use. The get this benefit, you need to limit your alcohol intake over long term.
Anyone across the globe can take part in Dry July. To sign up and find more information on Dry July’s celebrity supporters, beneficiaries and fundraising tallies, visit the website.