THE BIGGEST THREAT TO DRY JANUARY – YOUR HUSBAND
WHEN you decide to give up alcohol for a month, it’s natural to worry that your resolve won’t stand up to the test.
But for women embarking on a dry January, it’s not their own ability for self-restraint they have to worry about, it’s their partner’s.
Men are a bad influence on their other halves when it comes to alcohol consumption, experts say. They can even sabotage a woman’s efforts by suggesting they drink more.
Researchers found that 29 percent of women confessed they would drink far less if it weren’t for their partner. This is almost twice the number of men – 16 percent – who said their alcohol intake would be lower if they were single.
A third of men admitted they encouraged their other halves to have just one more drink – even when they’d had enough.
By comparison, only 15 percent of women said they tried to press extra drinks on their reluctant partners.
The study of 2 000 adults by Drinkaware in the UK, an independent body which runs alcohol awareness campaigns, comes as millions of people are trying to stay alcohol-free as part of dry January.
There is growing evidence that going teetotal, even for a short period, can help lower blood pressure, encourage weight loss and repair previous liver damage.
The survey also found that 40 percent of men and 15 percent of women drank more than the safe level of alcohol, which is about 14 units a week. This equates to six pints of 4 percent beer or six glasses of 13 percent wine.
But the true figures may be even higher, as many adults underestimate their consumption, as they forget how much they’ve had.
Elaine Hindal, the chief executive of Drinkaware, said: “We know that couples who are planning a health regime together fare better when they really support each other.”
Joanna Simons, the chief executive of Alcohol Concern, added: “It is really important for everyone to understand how much they are drinking, and to be aware of the safe limits when it comes to alcohol.
“Now is a great time to get a bit of help with cutting down your alcohol intake by signing up to our dry January campaign, and encouraging partners, friends and family to take part, too.
“Research shows that even a month off the booze makes a big difference to your health, saves money and helps get rid of those extra Christmas pounds.” – Daily Mail