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Health benefits of Dry Feb
By signing up for a Dry Feb, not only will you be raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, but having a Dry Feb has great personal health benefits too.
Each year participants report sleeping better, having more energy and productivity and of course, no hangovers! So you're not only helping others, you're helping yourself. It's a win-win!
Here are some of the benefits you could experience by going dry this Feb:
Clear your head
Increased energy levels
Sleeping better / snoring less
Sense of achievement
Alcohol and Cancer
You may be surprised to find out that drinking alcohol increases your risk of developing many types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, colon and rectum, esophagus, larynx, liver, mouth and pharynx.
Research shows that drinking any type of alcohol – beer, wine or spirits – raises your risk of cancer. The less alcohol you drink, the more you reduce your risk.
Canadian Cancer Society's Recommendation
If you choose to drink alcohol, keep it to less than 1 drink a day for women and less than 2 drinks a day for men. Don’t smoke. Tobacco and alcohol together are worse for you than either on its own.
How much is a drink?
A drink is:
- one 341 mL (12 oz) bottle of beer (5% alcohol)
- one 142 mL (5 oz) glass of wine (12% alcohol)
- one 43 mL (1.5 oz) shot of spirits (40% alcohol)
Drinking about 3.5 drinks a day can double or even triple your risk of developing cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus.
Drinking about 3.5 drinks a day can increase the risk of developing cancer of the colon and rectum, and breast by 1.5 times.
Thirsty for more?
- Check out some top tips on cutting down the amount of alcohol you drink
- Learn more about preparing for your Dry Feb
Republished from the Canadian Cancer Society's website.
Dry Feb is a fundraising campaign aimed at challenging social drinkers to change their habits for a month and make some healthy lifestyle changes. We would encourage people to drink responsibly and stick to the recommended daily guidelines for the rest of the year. We advise heavy drinkers or people dependent on alcohol to speak with their GP before signing up to Dry Feb.