What are the Stoptober and Go Sober for October challenges?

What are the Stoptober and Go Sober for October challenges?

a woman having a beer and cigarette

New month, new you? (Picture: Getty)

Today is October 1, the start of a new and virtuous month where many Brits will attempt to abstain from alcohol and cigarettes as part of two annual campaigns: Stoptober and Go Sober for October.

The two campaign names are often used interchangeably but they have different organisers and different aims – although both ask people to give up a vice.

So what are they about and how can you get involved?

Pour yourself a lemonade.

What is Stoptober?

Stoptober, organised by the NHS, aims to get people to stop smoking during the month of October and beyond.

The thinking behind the campaign is that evidence shows that if a smoker can quit for 28 days, they are five times more likely to quit for good.

It may sound daunting, but the NHS has created a dedicated app (NHS Stoptober) which allows participants to track their progress, see how much money they’re saving and access daily support.

Cropped Hand Of Woman Throwing Cigarette In Garbage Can

No ifs, no butts – it’s time to quit (Picture: October)

In addition, you can get a tailored ‘personal quit plan’ based on a short set of questions around how much you smoke, and whether or not you’ve tried to quit before.

The NHS website also has an array of reading material on smoking aids, what happens when you quit, and all the local resources available to you.

If you are thinking about quitting, it is advised you set your ‘quit date’ and throw away all your cigarettes before you start. Yes, that includes your emergency one.

The NHS gives the following ‘quitting tips’

  1. List your reasons to quit.
  2. Tell people you’re quitting.
  3. If you have tried to quit before, remember what worked.
  4. Use stop smoking aids.
  5. Have a plan if you are tempted to smoke.
  6. List your smoking triggers and how to avoid them.
  7. Keep cravings at bay by keeping busy.
  8. Exercise away the urge.
  9. Join the Facebook group for support and advice.

Find out more on the NHS website.

What is Go Sober for October?

People often refer to ‘Stoptober’ when they talk about putting down the bottle for the month, but there’s actually a separate campaign for that.

Go Sober for October is organised by MacMillan Cancer Support and asks people to go sober for either 31, 21 or 14 days in order to raise money for the charity.

friends laughing in London Pub

Mocktails all the way (Picture: Getty)

Previously, people were asked to abstain from alcohol for the whole month, but the charity introduced shorter time periods this year, acknowledging ‘2020 has already been quite the challenge’ got many.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get your own fundraising page, which you can use to get donations from friends and family.

All proceeds will go Macmillan to help the millions of people living with cancer in the UK.

The Macmillan website states: ‘You’re not just helping others, you’re helping yourself too. Having a break from alcohol has great health benefits, such as having more energy, a clearer head and sleeping better, plus no hangovers!

‘So we hope to see you take part in Sober October, raising a glass (of water) and standing proudly beside people living with cancer.’

Find out more on the Go Sober for October website.

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