Go Dry this February - Dry Feb - Preparing for your alcohol-free month

Dry Feb

Preparing for your Dry Feb

You’re doing something amazing – improving your own health, and helping to change the lives of people touched by cancer.

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We're with you every step of the way for your Dry Feb, so don't be daunted by a dry month.

Plus, every dollar you raise will help the Canadian Cancer Society fund groundbreaking research and provide a compassionate national support system for people affected by cancer – like their Cancer Information Helpline, a toll-free service to answer questions about cancer including where to get help in your community, emotional support services and information on how to cope with cancer.

Here are our top tips to help you prepare and stay dry this February:

In preparation:

In January try to slow down your alcohol intake to half of what you would normally consume.

Plan your week. If you have a (physically distanced!) special occasion, ask someone to buy you a Golden Ticket. It will give you a night off, while also raising more funds for a great cause!

Plan your drink substitutions. There are mocktails, ginger ale, soda water and lime, non-alcoholic beers and wines, herbal tea…

Plan your meals and your shopping list so there are no surprises during the week.

Remove all alcohol from your house. Ask a friend or family member to store your alcohol for you during February.

Prepare your mind as well as your body for abstaining from alcohol during February.

During February:

Get support from other participants; create a Dry Feb team with friends and family.

Keep yourself busy – make the most of your weekends! Try a new hobby or go on an adventure outside.

Fundraise! What better motivation to stay dry than knowing you’re raising vital funds for the Canadian Cancer Society?

Use our Dry Feb checklist to countdown the month and see how much you've achieved.

Get active. Why not pair your dry month with a new exercise routine?

Remember why you started! Whatever your motivation was for signing up, remind yourself of it throughout the month to help stay strong!

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Health benefits of Dry Feb

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Tips for cutting down

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About Dry Feb

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Learn more

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 encourage people to stick to the cancer prevention recommendations for the rest of the year. We advise heavy drinkers or people dependent on alcohol to speak with their healthcare provider before signing up to Dry Feb.

Go Dry this February

Fund groundbreaking research and provide a compassionate national support system for Canadians affected by cancer.

Sign up for Dry Feb