The Journal Opinion: If you can't make January dry then at least make it dry-ish

The Journal's opinion column for Tuesday, January 6, in which we welcome the push to cut down on the booze this month

TMS The new year has started with a big push to promote the benefits of a drink-free month
The new year has started with a big push to promote the benefits of a drink-free month

Tis the season to be...what? Back to work? Off the booze? On the scales far too often? Not awfully jolly, then...

The new year has started with a big push to promote the benefits of a drink-free month. Most people have heard of Dry January and more and more of us are giving it a go.

It’s a sound idea, especially so for a region where a few too many people like a few too many drinks.

But it isn’t easy. Quite a lot of us are going to fail to get through January without a drink. Some of us may have thrown in the towel already.

If so, don’t fret. Going booze-free for a month is an achievement, but cutting back on the booze is an achievement too. If you drink every day, make some days alcohol-free. If you drink four or five days a week cut it back to one or two.

And no bingeing on February 1. Let’s all go for a dryer 2015.

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