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Sixty seconds on . . . Dry January

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 02 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:j5885
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Is this a weather forecast?

No, it’s an annual campaign by Alcohol Concern, supported by Public Health England, to persuade people to give up alcohol for the month of January.

Post-Christmas, it’s as good a time as any

There is evidence that January sees an increase in attempts to reduce drinking, so Alcohol Concern is pushing at an open door. Midsummer is the other period when guilt temporarily trumps appetite and attempts …

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