Go Sober for October
Try a month without alcohol and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support
This October Macmillan Cancer Support are challenging you to give up drinking alcohol for a month to raise money to help them support even more people facing cancer.
Macmillan’s website has all the details of how it works, plus a load of resources to help you hit your fundraising goals.
And remember, it’s not just a great opportunity to support Macmillan’s essential work. Who knows? It could even inspire you to take a different approach to alcohol in the future too. Use our guide below to get you started on your sober journey!
If you’ve decided to take up Macmillan’s sober challenge you might be surprised how quickly you start to notice some of the benefits of cutting out alcohol, which can include…
How to cut down: your one stop shop for tips and advice on staying sober this October.
Reasons for cutting down: need some extra motivation? Find it here.
Drinks trackers and tools: from an app to log your weak spots to a calculator which shows you how many calories are in drinks we’ve a tool to help you through your sober month.
Raising money for charity is a fantastic way to spend an alcohol-free month. But what happens when it’s all over?
One thing you might find is that your tolerance to alcohol drops. So it might take less alcohol for you to feel its effects. This is important to bear in mind if you choose to drink after October.
Best of all, a month off could be your chance to make lasting changes in the way you drink.
The fact is that alcohol consumption is linked to seven types of cancer2, and the more you drink the more your risk increases3.
It's also a good idea to make sure you're in the know about how your regular drinking relates to the UK's Chief Medical Officers' low risk drinking guidelines.
And remember, just a few small changes to the way you approach alcohol could have a big effect on your long term health, and how you feel.
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