Tuesday 20 February 2018

The secret to just one drink

A new book claims it can teach you how to drink less in seven days. A sceptical Victoria Young heads to a bar and gives it a try

THINK BEFORE DRINK: Don’t try to quench your thirst with a glass of wine
THINK BEFORE DRINK: Don’t try to quench your thirst with a glass of wine

Victoria Young

Anyone who has successfully completed Dry January - and I speak as a veteran - might already be familiar with the dashed hopes that so often follow the initial triumph of an alcohol-free month.

It's easy to imagine that abstinence will have transformed you into a naturally more moderate drinker and that you will never again drink with the abandon of years gone by.

The reality, though, is that most people move from Dry January straight back to their habits of old - the reasons for which are more complicated than you'd think.

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