Dry Feb

Since the Pandemic began close to two years ago stats have shown a sharp rise in people self-medicating with alcohol and many others drinking much more heavily than usual. 

Alcohol has since become a coping mechanism for many. It’s really not surprising though, especially during times when lockdowns have been enforced and there is nowhere to go and socialize.

I’ve never been much of a drinker, like ever. To be really honest it doesn’t take me more than a few sips to give me a buzz or one shot to make me tipsy, yet over the past two years I’ve found myself reaching for alcohol to help take the edge off. But it’s during those moments of despair that I quickly realize just how easy it would be to fall into a web of addiction even knowing that for many people like myself alcohol is also a depressant and can fuel a person’s anxiety further or increase their stress levels.

Alcohol is so often the butt of many jokes on our television screens and memes showing mommy needing her afternoon “juice” fill our social media feeds, getting lots of likes and laughing emojis from our followers.

Yes, drinking in moderation can be okay for some people, but for many others seeing these memes or hearing these jokes come across their screen which are glorifying substance abuse and who may already be caught up in a web of addiction may also be feeling as though drinking in moderation is an unattainable goal for them at the moment which could quickly escalate or trigger other serious issues associated with mental health and addiction.

It is why campaigns like “Dry Feb” are uber important and no laughing matter. “Dry Feb is a fundraiser that challenges you to go alcohol-free in February and raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.” Taking a month off from drinking alcohol can have so many great health benefits and can also help to reduce the risk of many types of cancer including breast, liver and pancreatic. 

I know that going completely dry, especially cold turkey can be quite dangerous for a person who drinks heavily but maybe by starting with setting smaller, more attainable goals like committing to cutting back on one’s consumption during the next 28 days could be a lifesaving decision for you or someone you love.

No matter what avenue you choose to participate or for how long you choose to go dry, raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society will never be the wrong choice. 

So who’s up for the challenge?

Here is the link to join or to make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society,

https://www.dryfeb.ca/users/sign_up

P.S. Only 47 more days til Spring 🙌

#alcohol #dryfeb #mentalhealth #mentalwellness #addiction #canadiancancersociety 

Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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