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Go Dry in January!

26 DECEMBER 2018

Go Dry in January!

The beginning of the year is often the time for setting goals and making changes, and some of the most popular resolutions include living a healthier lifestyle and helping others. You can do both by participating in our Go Dry in January challenge!


Go Dry – Here’s Why 

Go Dry in January is a campaign to bring awareness to liver disease and provide financial support for our educational programs and patient services offered to the millions of Americans battling one of the 100 known liver diseases.

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According to the NIH, alcohol-related liver disease is one of the most preventable causes of mortality in the United States, behind only tobacco use and poor diet/lack of exercise. Among many other health and behavior risks, it can lead to many types alcohol-related liver disease and death. And while many of us are aware of the dangers of excessive drinking, new research has shown that binge drinking is especially dangerous to your health.

Of course, alcohol should be avoided entirely by those with compromised livers, and consumed in moderation by the general population. There are many benefits to not drinking- feeling better, looking better, losing weight, and saving money, just to name a few! So why not start off the new year on a healthy note and show some love for your liver?

During the month of January, the American Liver Foundation is asking you to help raise funds and awareness by not drinking alcohol. Get started today by creating a Facebook Fundraiser, and learn more about alcohol-related liver disease below!

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If giving up alcohol for the month of January is too much to ask, then donate today to abstain from this challenge! Donate whatever you feel comfortable with. Slip up and have a drink? No problem, we ask that participants make a donation to their fundraising efforts if they need a “hall pass” during the month of January!

Funds raised will allow us to further our mission to promote education, advocacy, support services and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of liver disease. If you’re not on Facebook, please visit www.ALFMAD.org to create a fundraising webpage and use email or other social media outlets to share your story. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact us at events@liverfoundation.org or call Alise Jackson at 646-737-9419.

How do I Create a Facebook Fundraiser?

Creating a FB Fundraiser is easy and just takes a few steps:

  1. Click on the provided link to login to Facebook: http://facebook.com/fund/liverinfo
  2. Update the title of your fundraiser to “Go Dry in January
  3. Decide on the fundraising goal, type of currency, and end date of your campaign
  4. Tell your story of why you are participating in “Go Dry in January” by customizing the title and editing the descriptive paragraph and click “Create”.
  5. Follow the prompts to share your “Facebook Fundraiser”

What happens if I have a drink during the month of January?

  • No problem, we ask that participants make a $25 donation to their fundraising efforts if they need a “hall pass” during the month of January!

How can I learn more about the American Liver Foundation?

  • Founded in 1976, the American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation’s largest patient advocacy organization for people living with liver disease. ALF reaches more than two million people each year with health information, education and support services via its national office, 16 U.S. divisions and an active online presence. Recognized as a trusted voice for those battling liver disease, ALF also operates a national toll-free helpline, educates patients, policymakers and the public, and provides grants to early-career investigators to find cures for all liver diseases. To date, ALF has provided more than $26 million in support to over 860 researchers. For more information about ALF, please visit www.liverfoundation.org.

We’ve collaborated with Healthline.com to raise awareness about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption by re-examining drinking culture in our country. Click here to visit Healthline’s Happy Hour Fatigue page to learn more about the risks and effects on both the individual and society, pick up recipes for some fun, alcohol-free “mocktails,” and read stories from several different people about their own perspectives and experiences with alcohol.

 


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