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Taking the one month no alcohol challenge

06 October, 2014

Whichever month of the year you choose, there is little doubt that steering clear of the sauce for a solid four weeks will present you with some measurable benefits. Whether it’s part of an overall health kick or just to make a smaller dent in your wallet, there are a number of techniques you can use to make the month fly by a little easier.

Change location

It’s far too easy to let most of your social activities revolve around the pub. Between after work drinks with co-workers and weekend cocktails with friends, it’s no wonder so many of us are going above and beyond the recommended weekly units. If you want to stay sober for a full month, it’s probably time to change the place where all your socialising happens. Try going out for a meal, having a picnic or seeing a movie instead.

Re-think your relaxation

Easy though it is to let the troubles of the day slip away with the first sip of a cold one, there are plenty of other ways to unwind that are just as effective. If you want a relaxing beverage, tea works just as well as wine. You can also try taking a bubble bath or catching up on a favourite TV show.

Be the designated driver

If you are worried about your resolve, volunteering to be the designated driver will take the temptation away, since the option is no longer there. You can also treat yourself to a fancy mocktail with the dollars you’ll be saving, or just stick to the non-alcoholic varieties of your favourite drinks. Try driving to all of your social commitments to avoid feeling tempted.

Keep your chin up

It may feel like a chore at times, but taking on the challenge of a dry month has a host of benefits. Weekends without hangovers, as well as all that extra energy and fewer calories spell a healthier, happier you.

Have a treat

A sober month won’t be easy, so make sure to treat yourself at the end of it. Take the extra money you have saved and splurge it on something you’ll really enjoy. It’s amazing the amount of money you can save just by cutting out alcohol for a month, so you may be in for quite a surprise!

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