This gave me the creeps.
Alcohol-free January: Where can you go to avoid people drinking?
Why do you want to avoid people drinking? Is it because you hate the stink of beer? Or the sight of people pouring poison down their throats? Or the sound of laughter?
Many people are attempting to stop drinking during January. But with drinking at the heart of British social life, it’s not easy.
January is a time for sobriety. For some that means total abstinence.
Is it? I’ve never heard of it.
It’s the only time of year in the UK when a lot of people bond over not drinking. This year two charities have given their blessing to temporary teetotalism. Alcohol Concern has launched Dry January while Cancer Research UK is pushing its Dryathlon.
CRUK! Say no more.
Those responding to campaigns like this can face a tricky month. Nobody wants to avoid socialising for a whole month, but with the British mania for social lubrication it’s hard to avoid temptation.
Mania? Don’t you mean epidemic?
You can almost see the glowing red eyes of the circling wolf pack, as they stalk their prey between the trees, slowly and relentlessly closing in on it, looking for signs of weakness, sniffing for traces of fear.