From improving sleep quality to unmasking underlying anxiety, a booze-free month is good for your health – and it could be the gateway to longer-term abstinence

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The holidays are drawing to a close, leaving only memories of end-of-year parties, and hot afternoons nursing a chilled beer or white wine. Traditionally it’s a time for regret, but also resolution, with many Australians casting an eye over their drinking habits and deciding to take a break from the booze in February.

Feb Fast, Dry July, Sober October – whatever you call it, whenever you do it and whatever your drinking habits were leading up to it, one thing is clear: giving up alcohol for a month is a good thing for the mind and the body.

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