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Dry July signs up more than 2,300

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/06/2017

More than 2,300 Kiwis have signed up online for this year's Dry July.

They will take a month off drinking alcohol, which helps promote responsible drinking, and the social fundraising initiative will raise funds for New Zealanders living with cancer. So far this year's campaign has raised $95,130.

According to the Tomorrow Project, an organisation charged with changing Kiwi attitudes to drinking, Dry July makes people stop and think about how they drink alcohol.

"Taking a month off drinking - or even thinking about doing that - could encourage us to think about why and how we drink which will likely make for more responsible drinkers long-term," says Matt Claridge, executive director of the Tomorrow Project.

The best way to learn more about your own drinking is to find out what a standard drink is, or whether your drinking is 'normal', which you can do by going to www.cheers.org.nz, organisers say.

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