Dry July is upon us, Docklands

Dry July is upon us, Docklands
Dr Mike Edgley

Do you know the health and lifestyle benefits of reducing your alcohol consumption?

Have you had a check-in recently to assess if alcohol has a central role in your life? Or if you may be forming a dependence?

Consider having a “Dry July” because small changes can make a big difference to your quality of life! The effects of alcohol are varied and include:

Acquired disease

Liver disease, heart disease, brain injury, cancer and heart problems are strongly linked to drinking alcohol, and the more you drink the greater the risk. Alcohol is categorised as a group 1 carcinogen, alongside asbestos, tobacco and radiation. As you age, you are more likely to experience health conditions that are exacerbated by alcohol.

Mental health

Alcohol effects your decision-making abilities, and brain development. Taking a break allows your brain to return to balanced functioning after the depressant effects of alcohol. You will be able to think more clearly, sleep easier, and deal with mental health issues in a more positive way.


When you stop heavily drinking alcohol, which is a diuretic, your body will be able to rehydrate. Your skin begins to regain its plumpness, fine lines may soften, and your face will reclaim its natural glow, plus, you’ll feel much more alert.

Liver function

Our liver is our built-in detoxifier, and extended consumption/binge drinking of alcohol damages the liver over time. The good news is that the liver naturally heals itself and you will feel the benefits of cutting back within just a few months.

Body weight

Alcohol contains more calories per gram than almost every other food type, but offers no nutritional value, vitamins or minerals.

High risk behaviour

Intoxication and the associated impaired judgement can lead to situations that may cause harm to yourself and others. Drink appropriately when at the workplace, driving, supervising children, operating machinery, swimming, etc. In situations where alcohol is present, you may also experience peer pressure to drink more or consume other drugs. Combining alcohol with other prescription or illicit drugs may have unpredictable or adverse effects.


Decreased inhibitions while under the influence of alcohol may not always be a positive. If you drink in moderation to enjoy social setting more, then enjoy responsibly! However, if drinking is causing friction or violence between yourself, family, or friends, consider cutting back.

Protecting your baby’s wellbeing

There is no “safe” amount of alcohol consumption while pregnant or breastfeeding. Emerging evidence is also showing that paternal intake of alcohol can also affect quality of the foetus and infant health outcomes.


Just like the calories and negative health impacts add up over time, so do the costs. Save the funds to put towards other necessities. •

Dry July is a great way to reassess your relationship with alcohol consumption and see the health benefits of taking a month off. If you’re signing up to raise money, you’ll also be helping people with cancer!

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