A message from Dr. Nel Wieman, FNHA Office of the Chief Medical Officer
Boozhoo! I hope everyone participating in the FNHA's Sober for October challenge is feeling fantastic after a few weeks of no or low alcohol consumption! I've been following your replies and comments on our various social media messages, and am so pleased to hear that many of you are experiencing benefits related to going sober – or "sober-er" – this October! It's great to hear that some people are being more mindful about how much they are drinking, some are in recovery and are so proud of their sobriety, and others are considering keeping up the changes they have made this month as part of their lifestyle.
For those of you who are experiencing difficulty in this area, please don't get discouraged. Instead, reach out and get help. It really is there! Timing is everything, and if you haven't been ready before, you may be now – meaning that what hasn't worked in the past may work now. Whatever you choose to do with respect to managing your alcohol use, it is critical to keep trying – don't lose sight of or give up on your goal. Whether it's an overall reduction in amount or frequency of alcohol use (harm reduction) or eliminating alcohol altogether (abstinence). Here are several tried-and-true ideas for you:
Many congratulations to everyone who is walking this journey with our OCMO team this month to be Sober (or Sober-er) for October!
Find out more about the Sober for October challenge here.