Dry January attempts are most likely to be scuppered by a sabotaging

first_imgAttempts to give up drinking for Dry January are most likely to be scuppered by a sabotaging partner, researchers have suggested. Men are more likely to put off their girlfriends by encouraging them on nights out and telling them they can have one more drink, a poll found. A survey of 2,000 couples  found that just 57 per cent of all people said they would drink less to help their partner if they were trying to cut down. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Women were more likely than men to say they would drink less if it was not for their partner loving booze, while a third of men admitted they liked to suggest one more drink if their partner was thinking of stopping for the night. This compared with 15 per cent of women.Twenty six per cent of women said they were concerned about the effects of alcohol on their partner’s health, while the figure was 21 per cent for men.At present, around 40 per cent of men and a fifth of women drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week, according to industry-funded charity Drinkaware, which carried out the research.A third of those surveyed said alcohol being readily available in the home was an issue when it came to cutting down, while 40 per cent of those whose partner wanted to drink less thought the attempt would fail because stress would drive them to drink.center_img Rev Kate Bottley, from the TV programme Gogglebox, is supporting a new Drinkaware campaign.She said: “It’s quite sad to see that stress can really undo those good intentions, but we are a nation who bottle up our feelings, it would be far healthier to talk through your bad day rather than turn to a glass of wine or a beer.”Drinkaware’s chief executive, Elaine Hindal, added: “We know that couples who are planning a health regime together fare better when they really support each other.”It is sometimes difficult to stay on track with healthy plans but we have developed free tools such as the self-assessment and our Drinkaware app which can really help make a difference, especially if you’re trying to make up for the extra pounds gained over the festive period.”last_img read more