GO SOBER IN OCTOBER.
Save the money (and calories!) you would have spent on alcohol, and donate it. 100% of proceeds will go to a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness around recovery.
HOW IT WORKS:
1. Choose one of the following options:
A. Proceed as usual.
B. Challenge yourself. Go sober through October.
2. Tally the amount you spent on alcohol or saved from not drinking, and DONATE. 100% of proceeds will go to Faces & Voices of Recovery, a a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation that joins together individuals and organizatoins with a united voice to advocate for public action to deliver the power, possibility and proof of recovery.
3. Check yourself (before you wreck yo-self!). Do you drink to party, or party to drink?
KNOW YOUR RISK LEVEL.
Alcoholism is a disease and it's often progressive. It causes a ripple effect in its surrounding community. The Mayo Clinic and the NIAAA suggest several guidelines for evaluating your level of risk. Here's an easy code to remember them:
- 4 or more drinks in one night (3 for women!)
- 14 or more drinks in one week (7 for women!)
- Trauma or abuse during childood
- Increased or steady drinking over time
- Parent(s) or other close relatives who have problems with alcohol
- Psychological disorder, such as anxiety, depression or PTSD
- Social or cultural factors (i.e. friends who love to party)
- Youth drinking; the earlier you start, the higher your risk
- 1 in 6 people in the US have a drinking problem
- Alcohol is the number 1 drug problem in America
- An average American may consume over 25 gallons of beer, 2 gallons of wine, and 1.5 gallons of distilled spirits each year
- Alcohol and alcohol related problems cost the American economy at least $100 million in health care and loss of productivity every year.
- 90% of people with addiction receive no form of treatment whatsoever