Give your liver a break this February

2013-02-04 00:00

IF February is the month of love, then you should sign up for the Alcohol-Free campaign … because your liver would love a break, your actions will also boost the coffers of the South Africans Against Drunk Driving (Sadd).

The fund-raising campaign, which was originated in Australia in 2008, was started to encourage people to stop drinking alcohol for one month so they could de-tox their bodies and also support the efforts of the campaign to warn people about the effects of over- indulging in alcohol.

“Usually, people over- indulge in food and alcohol over the festive season and then at New Year, they swear they are going to turn over a new leaf and by February they are back to their old ways,” says Charlotte Sullivan from Sadd.

“Our Alcohol-Free February gives people a second chance to de-tox and really evaluate whether they need that nightly nightcap or if it is just a bad habit. We are not anti- drinking, but we do want people to realise how potent alcohol is and how to use it responsibly,” said Sullivan.

Past participants have told the organisation that they have lost weight, saved money, been more productive in their day and have slept better.

Those who would like to participate and still share a glass of champagne with their loved one on Valentine’s day, can purchase a drinking pass — this allows them a chance to indulge for one occasion during the month. It costs R20 in addition to the R100 for the alcohol-free campaign.

To participate, log on to alcofreefeb.co.za

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