Five benefits of taking on dry July this year
New research has revealed that the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks consumed by Australians each month equates to enough fat to fill three Olympic size swimming pools.
On an individual basis, the average Aussie drinker enjoys 10.5 standard drinks per week, contributing to 4,143 calories consumed per month, which is equivalent to half a kilo of fat. Men consume more drinks each week than women, while millennials are the heaviest drinking age demographic.
In part two of the research report commissioned by Dry July, it was found that Aussie drinkers are suffering a hangover once a month which lasts for more than eight hours.
Popular hangover cures are only adding to the calorie intake, with almost a quarter of Australians chowing down on greasy food the morning after a night of drinking.
Other not-so-healthy hangover cures include taking pain killers (33%), coffee (27%) and sports drinks (11%). Worse still, one fifth of respondents are drinking more alcohol in an attempt to avoid a hangover.
Brett Macdonald, Dry July CEO and Co-Founder says, "Of course, the best cure for a hangover is to drink in moderation, but I'm the first to admit that it's easy to overindulge. Dry July is fantastic chance to give your body a break from booze and see what can be achieved without hangover. On top of the health benefits, you're also supporting an important cause."
Now in its eighth year, fundraising initiative Dry July gives Aussies the opportunity to take a month off alcohol and raise funds for adults living with cancer.
By signing up to the Dry July challenge and making small improvements to their diet and exercise routine, participants can expect to experience a range of benefits:
- Weight loss
- Increased energy levels and higher productivity
- Better sleep
- Clearer head and skin
- No hangovers
There are still two weeks left to register for Dry July 2015. To sign up and find more information on Dry July's celebrity supporters, beneficiaries and fundraising tallies visit here.