For most of us, this past year has been unpredictable, to say the least. Pubs, bars and restaurants have closed, reopened and bought in curfews. Socialising with friends has been limited to the "rule of six," and everywhere we go requires a face covering.
With the ongoing amount of rules and regulations being put in place, it's no surprise that around one in five of us have been drinking more frequently during the start of lockdown (as a study by Alcohol Change UK has found).
Enter: Sober October.
Arriving at the perfect time, it's clear that more and more of us are wanting to take part in campaigns like Sober October. Whether that's because we've noticed our drinking habits change (especially over the past year) or because we simply feel like it would benefit our personal health. Either way, Sober October is a great excuse to try and reduce your alcohol intake.
Sober October around the corner. I’m mad excited for the growth that’s going to come from it 🥺— 🅱️arah 🅱️hristie (@CurrraC) September 23, 2020
What Is Sober October?
Much like Dry January, Sober October is a month dedicated to reducing (if not completely cutting out) your intake of alcohol. For a period of 31-days, you're asked to cut out alcohol, often for charity.
Go Sober for October is a movement headed up by Macmillan Cancer Support which asks people to get involved by going alcohol-free in October to raise money for people with cancer. We can't think of a better motive!
What Are The Rules For Sober October?
The rules are simple. First (and most obvious), is you don't drink alcohol for a period of 31-days. Second, and not really a rule, is raising money for charity whilst you do it.
It's also worth nothing that if you have any special occasions scheduled during that time, such as a wedding, Go Sober For October offers "golden tickets" that let you skip a day for a minimum £15 donation. Seems fair?
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