The weekly ritual of chilling out with a couple of glasses of white wine was on the backburner when Carly Sait switched vino for water.
The Shepparton resident was one of the 19172 people across Australia who have gone sober since the start of the month as part of Dry July.
The annual fundraising campaign challenges people to cut out alcohol for the month in support of adults living with cancer.
Ms Sait set herself the goal of raising $500 for her month of sobriety, with all money raised going towards the Cancer Council of Victoria.
‘‘In September 2014 my dad was diagnosed with cancer,’’ Ms Sait said.
‘‘He battled that over two years and he had to have his bladder removed.’’
He father beat the disease, but she said his brush with cancer was something that put things in perspective.
‘‘His everyday life has changed now,’’ she said.
‘‘I figured if he could go through all that crap then I can give up my wine for a month.’’
The month of sobriety is almost finished and, despite the challenges and temptations, she has remained alcohol free.
‘‘You sit down at the end of the week and it’s nice to have a couple of drinks,’’ she said.
‘‘I just put it out of sight, out of mind.’’
She has already beaten her initial goal and has raised $570 for her month of sobriety.
‘‘As long as its going towards something that helps people hit by cancer, that is what is important,’’ she said.
She has big plans on how to celebrate the end of Dry July.
‘‘We are going over to Europe in August, so I am sure I will make up for that last month of not drinking,’’ she said.
To donate, go to www.dryjuly.com/users/carly-sait