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Could campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good?

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 13 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i143

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Re: Could campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good?

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder" whether it is love or habit. Alcohol and its influence on human health has labelled alcohol a drug. Whether making a day in a week or a month in a year dry may help control the mind over intoxication. Whether it will do harm or benefit is a bone of contention. Taking a step towards curtailing addiction towards alcohol may make some be introspective or it may push them to take more alcohol following the dry day or dry month. Yet alcohol is still a social habit or custom--say, in certain official ceremonies, family functions or as a mark of celebration. How do we balance our thought and mind towards alcoholism? It is a behavioral challenge for all of us.

Yet we see wine shops everywhere with advertisements pushing the mind towards alcohol. It is a tough competition between the mind and such challenges.

Alcohol whether it is good for our health or bad still remains a scientific challenge. Even a scientific conference is followed by a drinking session. Can we make our conferences dry?

Let us think what we wish to do - it is our society or family.

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 January 2016
Dhastagir S Sheriff