Sober October is a fundraising campaign led by Macmillan Cancer Support.
The premise of the campaign is for people to pledge to go alcohol-free for 31, 21, or 14 days in October, while asking friends and family to donate to your fundraising page, with the proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Those of you who follow this blog (thank you, by the way!) will know that I celebrated my one-year soberversary a couple of months ago.
I used to be completely dependent on alcohol, using it as a coping mechanism, even though it was rapidly destroying my life. Going sober has been life-changing for me; I genuinely don’t think I’d be here today if I hadn’t quit drinking.
That being said, it’s important to note that Sober October is not about treating alcohol dependence or addiction.
If you are addicted to alcohol or regularly drink heavily, please please please speak to a medical professional before taking part in this campaign. It may be dangerous for you to abruptly go sober and you may need some support to manage withdrawal symptoms.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
If you’re not familiar with Macmillan Cancer Support, they’re an organisation that provides emotional, physical and financial support for those with cancer and their families.
Getting a cancer diagnosis can be scary. It can affect your life in so many different ways, and Macmillan works to provide personalised, holistic support, tailored to the individual however their cancer journey unfolds.
Macmillan also offers free courses, workshops and resources (in-person and online) to promote awareness and provide information and understanding about cancer, cancer care, and how you can get involved.
About Sober October
Macmillan Cancer Support started the Sober October challenge as a way to fundraise and keep making their vital services available.
How does it work?
What’s in it for me?
Of course, the main benefit of this campaign is raising funds to help Macmillan Cancer Support keep being there for those who need them.
But there’s more!
Taking a break from alcohol can bring about some great benefits for you! Macmillan list some of them on their website:
As I said previously, if you think you might have a problem with alcohol, please speak to a medical professional in the first instance.
However, if you feel like you might benefit from taking a short break from (or reducing your intake of) alcohol, this might be the challenge for you, with the added motivation of raising money for a good cause.
And even if you only drink occasionally, you might still wish to take part in this fundraiser to support the great work that Macmillan Cancer Support does.
You can find out more about this campaign, how the raised funds are used, and how to get involved by visiting gosober.org.uk.
Are you taking part in Sober October? Let me know in the comments, and if you have a donation page set up, feel free to share your link there as well!