Dry July - not this time

Thursday 15th of July 2021
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Kia ora everyone,

This month, I had the best intentions of completing my first ever Dry July and was excited to write about it for this blog. But I have to admit I’ve had a bit of a fail!


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While my first instinct was to get out of writing the blog or to change the subject altogether, I realised my failure could be a good story to share.

 If someone with my level of awareness and knowledge of the issues that alcohol can bring struggles to give it up, it’s easy to see how it may be a challenge for other people.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not even about getting drunk. For me, it’s about the habit of using a drink or two to wind down at the end of the day and attempt to relieve stress. With work, life and relationship pressures, winter and social events – it’s not been an easy habit to break.

The world hasn’t slowed down and there is evidence that many of us are tired and grumpy from COVID and day-to-day matters – me included!

Dry July has been a timely reminder for me to look at my own alcohol consumption and think about how I can manage stress and pressures without resorting to a glass of vino. It might be a good time to get back to the gym and find other activities to do while the ones I usually enjoy in warmer weather aren’t as practical in the dark, cold and wet.

Some of the benefits of giving up alcohol include clearing your head, having more energy, increased productivity, sleeping better, weight loss, healthier skin and a sense of achievement. And, of course, no hangovers!

Since Dry July launched in New Zealand in 2012, the campaign has inspired 37,000 Kiwis to go dry, raising $5.1 million for people affected by cancer, and funding more than 170 projects for the 15 beneficiary organisations across the country.

Check out their website for more info and pointers to help you not drink to success. I'll be reading up for next year.

 If you're doing Dry July now, good on ya mate! Maybe you could share some tips with the rest of us?

 Abstinence August anyone?

 Ka kite,




Kereama Carmody is the Wellbeing Guy for Masterlink apprentices and Master Plumbers members.

Kereama is a registered social worker with extensive experience working in mental health and the alcohol and drug treatment field. He is passionate about wellbeing in the workplace and helping people develop the strategies and tools to stay well and healthy.

He is on hand to assist with:

  • Communicating with staff about difficulties affecting work and home
  • Helping navigate struggles with substance abuse
  • Resources for creating simple wellbeing practices at work
  • Tips on how to build supportive relationships among your team
  • General queries within the wellbeing space.

 Find out how to contact Kereama.