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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

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