Staying Dry In Winter
Now in its ninth year, Dry July has raised more than $24 million to provide better services and environments for cancer patients and their families and carers.
Dry July asks people to voluntarily give up alcohol for a whole month while fundraising for people affected by cancer. It boasts plenty of health benefits for the fundraiser too, including weight loss, clear skin, improved sleep and even a healthier bank balance!
Research commissioned by Dry July has found more than a third (35%) of Aussie drinkers have been concerned at some stage in their life that they drink too much. They have also felt embarrassed (37%) and/or guilty (36%) about their bad behaviour while drunk. Almost one in five (17%) of Aussie drinkers have lied about their drinking habits to friends and/or family. Over a third (36%) of Aussie drinkers would like to reduce their drinking and three in five (61%) would like to encourage someone they care about to reduce their drinking.
Dry July is also a great opportunity to talk to friends, family members and even kids about responsible drinking and the effects of over-indulgence.
Among the Christian community wine and alcohol can sometimes be a controversial topic. In recent years the trend seems to have swung towards being more accepting responsible drinking and, in some circles, even accepting of less responsible drinking.
The Bible says “Do not get drunk on wine” (Ephesians 5:18a). However Jesus, our ultimate example, is several times recorded drinking wine and his very first miracle was turning water into wine.
So perhaps moderation is the key? What do you think? Drop us a line on the Coffee O’Clock hotline 08 8444 5420
30/06/2016 / Kit Densley