The sobering truth about alcohol


After a season of indulging, many of us are feeling like we’d love a jump-start to help us get back on track. And what better jump-start than to jump on the wagon?

The fact is that drinking alcohol increases your risk of developing cancer. The less alcohol you drink, the more you reduce your risk. Plus, cutting out the booze can be a great way to generally feel healthier: whether you are losing weight, feeling increased energy levels, or you just don’t experience any hangovers, there are so many potential benefits from taking a break from booze.

Tyler Plant knows just how good it can feel to stop drinking. The 29-year old man from London, Ontario, decided to participate in the Canadian Cancer Society’s fundraiser, DryFeb, last year. Using it as both a way to raise funds to support his father, who has been living with cancer for 16 years, and to feel better, Tyler gave up alcohol for the month of February.

“Taking part in DryFeb was such a positive experience,” says Tyler. “It gave me the opportunity to be healthier, feel better, save some money and raise funds and awareness for a cause that is close to my heart.”

Over the course of the month, Tyler raised $1,000 to support the fight against cancer.  By offering his services as a designated driver to friends and family in return for donations, Tyler found he was able to raise money for the Society, while ensuring his loves ones a safe ride home.

“Everyone has someone in their life who has been affected by cancer,” Tyler explains. “I’ve seen first-hand what it’s like through my dad’s experiences, so I know how important the Canadian Cancer Society’s research work and support services are to families like mine.”

Going booze-free can seem like a daunting task, but here are a few ways to make it easier:

  • Create a team with family, friends or colleagues. Strength in numbers is key!
  • Change your diet and increase your exercise routine to get the maximum benefit.
  • Sign up for DryFeb and then tell everyone you’ve done it! That way, when you start to receive donations, you are committed and can’t back out.

Whether you give up alcohol for a week, a month, or even longer, it’s a great way to feel better and get a healthy start to 2017.

To learn more about the link between alcohol and cancer, or for more tips on cutting down, click here.

For more information on this year’s DryFeb fundraiser, or to jump on the wagon and sign up, please click here.