Are you going sober for October?

This October, Spectrum is supporting “Sober for October” – the national Macmillan Cancer Support campaign which encourages drinkers to kick the booze for one month. The task is simple – ditch the drink for a month and encourage sponsorship from friends, family and work colleagues or simply pledge the pounds saved by not picking up that pint or prosecco.

Giving up alcohol can also have other benefits for your health and may help to lower your blood pressure and chloresterol. Many people who complete Sober for October successfully also make changes to their drinking habits too.

Why you should get involved

As well as raising money to support the work of Macmillan, giving up alcohol for one month can have a range of benefits for your mind, body and bank balance! Studies have shown that drinkers who gave up booze for four weeks or more:

  • Experience deeper, more nourishing sleep
  • Benefited from more energy and focus
  • Improvements in memory
  • Noticed visible improvements in the brightness of their complexion
  • Lost weight
  • Saved money

“Sober for October” can’t replace specialist support and may not be suitable for everyone.

If you  are worried about your alcohol intake, please seek advice from your GP before attempting to stop drinking.

Staying motivated

If drinking is part of your evening or weekend routine, giving up for a whole month might seem quite daunting. Here are a few simple tips which might help you keep you on track:

Involve friends. Talk to friends or work colleagues and see if you can find someone else who is interested in giving up for October – this way you can motivate each other and keep the momentum going.

Track your progress. If you’re a moderate drinker, you should begin the feel the benefits of giving up within just a few days. Download the Sober UK wall planner to help keep you on track.

Try new social activities. If you find that many of your usual social events involve alcohol,  try a new class or activity which will remove the temptation to drink. If you’re having a night in, why not try out these fabulous mocktail recipes.