Developed by ESPN sports anchor James Swanwick, this is a test-the-water kind of program which asks participants to challenge themselves to take a 30-day break from alcohol, with the backing of an arsenal of online support and resources. It doesn’t claim to be a cure for alcoholism, but instead encourages participants to experience the positive effects of taking a break from drinking, including weight loss, improved sleep and wellbeing, better relationships and financial savings. Swanwick based the program on his own experience of taking a month-long break from drinking. He enjoyed his improved lifestyle so much that he hasn’t had a drink in the five years since then.
Best for: People who aren’t alcoholics but feel that their drinking habits are negatively affecting their personal wellbeing.
Less suited to: People who are alcohol dependent and may need medication or the one-on-one support of health professionals.
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