MILLIONS of Britons have begun the new year by vowing to drink only in secret.
The growing popularity of giving up alcohol after the excesses of Christmas has seen high-functioning alcoholics across the country determined to pretend they can do without.
Tom Booker, from Stevenage, said: “This year is going to be different. I shall be slyly pouring my lager into a china cup so it looks like I’m having a nice cup of tea with my breakfast.
“And there’s a half-bottle of vodka hidden in the toilet tank, at home and also in the office.
“This year I’m really serious about concealing my alcohol intake, and am feeling positive about pulling it off.”
Joanna Kramer, from Northampton, said: “It isn’t until you pretend to give up drinking that you realise how much other people have been watching you knocking it back, often with real concern.”
Addiction counsellor Carolyn Ryan said: “Ostensibly giving up alcohol follows naturally from the festive season because it’s easy to make unwise promises when you’re on a three-day single malt bender.
“There’s also no booze in the house after Christmas, though spouses often underestimate how much there is in the garage and shed.”