Cancer Council Tasmania CEO Penny Egan says Dry July is an opportunity for Tasmanians to improve their health, not just give up alcohol for the month.
“By improving your health, you can reduce your cancer risk in a significant way,” Mrs Egan said.
“Dry July has become an annual opportunity for Tasmanians to forgo a drink for the month and raise money for Tasmanians impacted by cancer.
“But you can also look at the food we eat, the exercise we undertake and other health measures.”
Mrs Egan said funds raised from Dry July will go towards Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 Information and Support line.
“This confidential and free phone line is available to all Tasmanians who have been impacted by cancer and is an integral service to the community.
“We are encouraging Tasmanians to participate with us and register for our Dry July CCT team and consider what steps they could take to improve their health.”
Mrs Egan said research shows alcohol causes at least 7 different types of cancer, and the more alcohol consumed, the greater the risk.
“Reducing your alcohol intake not only reduces your cancer risk, it has other fantastic health benefits such as a clear head, better sleep, weight loss, increased energy levels and healthier skin.
“So let’s reduce our risk together and swap out the Friday night knock off drinks, instead let’s share a healthy dinner with friends, take a relaxing yoga class after work or enjoy some healthy snacks and a movie.”
Register and donate at dryjuly.com/teams/cancer-council-tasmania