Team rallies together to ditch alcohol and support the cancer cause
Drinking any type or amount of alcohol increases your risk of developing cancer. The good news is, the less alcohol you drink, the more you reduce your risk. In fact, limiting or giving up alcohol can have health benefits like increased energy levels, sleeping better or weight loss.
While reducing your alcohol intake may seem challenging, it’s possible. Each year, thousands of Canadians across the country join Dry Feb and go alcohol-free during the month of February while raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. Three participants – Doug, Ben and Vanessa – share their experiences!
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Several of Ben’s loved ones had been affected by cancer – including his mother-in-law who was diagnosed with leukemia last year. When he learned that AVEVA was forming a team for Dry Feb, he thought it would be a great way to raise money for a cause that was close to his heart.
“The cancer my mother-in-law was diagnosed with would have been terminal 20 years ago – but it’s very treatable now,” shares Ben. “Fundraisers like Dry Feb are so important because they contribute to these advances in cancer research.”
During Dry Feb, Ben found that the competitiveness amongst the team members made the experience more positive and lighthearted for everyone and pushed them further towards their goals.
“It was fun to compete to see who could raise the most money, and there was a lot of camaraderie with the team – which was great given the timing of the pandemic,” shares Ben. “With everybody working from home, Dry Feb was a really nice social activity.”
Because he went dry for a month, Ben noticed he had lost weight, was sleeping better and was even doing technical tasks at work more quickly and easily! For anyone considering joining Dry Feb, he shares a few tips to help stay on track towards their goals.
“Figure out ahead of time what you’re going to substitute for alcohol, such as exercise, a new hobby or a different drink like tea,” shares Ben. “Dry Feb is an excellent way to explore your own relationship with alcohol while raising money for a good cause.”
Inspired by Doug, Ben and Vanessa? Sign up for Dry Feb and show your support for those who have been affected by cancer across Canada. The health benefits you can experience while going dry don’t have to stop at the end of February either! Hosting mocktail parties, setting reasonable goals for yourself and finding new social activities that take the focus off alcohol are simple things we can continue doing all year to limit the amount we drink and reduce our risk of cancer.