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Ditch the drink and become a Drythlete

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Ban the booze for September, get fitter and raise cash for charity

Scots are being challenged to ditch the drink to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The charity is launching Dryathlon in September, a fundraising campaign that invites social drinkers to take a month-long break from alcohol.

Dryathletes pledge to stay dry for a month and either get sponsored or donate the money they would have spent on alcohol to the charity.

Last year, 6,068 people took part in Dryathlon across Scotland, raising a fantastic £605,159 to help beat cancer sooner.

As well as raising vital funds to help save more lives, people might be surprised to realise the benefits of ditching the drink for one month

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for Scotland, said: “After a summer of boozy holidays or one too many at weddings, Dryathlon is the perfect opportunity for everyone to kick-start a new season, by going booze-free for September.

“We’re encouraging Scots to say cheers to the challenge and become a Dryathlete for Cancer Research UK.

“As well as raising vital funds to help save more lives, people might be surprised to realise the added benefits of ditching the drink for one month.

“Most people probably don’t think about the calorie content of their favourite tipple, but with a large glass of red wine containing around 180 calories, a few drinks can really start to add up.

“By steering clear of beer and waving goodbye to wine, Dryathletes could look forward to feeling better, slimmer and more energised by taking on the one month challenge.

“The good news is, the benefits don’t have to stop when Dryathlon does – by drinking less over time people can make a real difference to their long term health.

“Whatever the motivation for taking part, now’s the time to sign up and banish the booze this September. Despite what people might think - going dry doesn’t have to be dull.

“We’re asking people to give up the sauce, not their social life, and there are plenty of fun ways to enjoy 30 hangover-free days. Money raised by our Dryathlete heroes will help fund life-saving research.”

Supporters can register to take part in Dryathlon as individuals or set up a team by getting their friends, colleagues or relatives involved to motivate one another along the way.

For those who think the challenge sounds a bit too daunting, or who plan to raise a toast at a wedding or party, there’s a special tipple tax. So if a Dryathlete falls off the wagon one evening, they can donate a £20 penalty.

To take on Dryathlon in September, visit here.



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