If you’re attempting to give up drinking for ‘Dry January’ your efforts will most likely to be sabotaged by your beloved partner.
They say you can’t blame anyone else but yourself for your choices, but convenient new research suggests that partners sabotage each other’s attempts to cut down on drinking, with men being worse than women.
Among 2000 couples where at least one drinks more than the recommended 14 units a week, 26 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.
Women were more likely than men to say they would drink less if it was not for their partner loving booze (29 per cent compared with 16 per cent).
A third of men also liked to suggest one more drink if their partner was thinking of stopping for the night, compared with 15 per cent of women.
Fifty-seven per cent of all people said they would drink less to help their partner if they were trying to cut down.
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.
Drinkaware’s chief executive, Elaine Hindal, says they know that couples who plan a health regime together fare better when they support each other.
Sorry dudes, science has spoken!