Declan Lynch: Dry spells feed the addict's delusion of being in control
Alastair Campbell aside, abstinence for a recovering alcoholic needs to be permanent
Dry January is a campaign launched in Britain by the Alcohol Concern group. It is aimed at "social rather than alcohol dependent drinkers", encouraging them with the aid of sponsorship from family and friends, to go off the drink for January.
It has received the support of Alastair Campbell, once described as the second most powerful man in Britain; in truth, the most powerful. It seems on the whole like a pretty good idea. But, of course, it is not.
It is a desperately bad idea.