Norman Smith from Derby is delighted with a ‘magnificent start’ to his Dry January campaign.
‘It’s 2 January and I’ve not had an alcoholic drink since New Year's Eve,’ he said , toasting his success with the tenth cup of green tea of the day.
His wife Norma ,however, is being a little more circumspect.
‘Don’t get me wrong, I think Norman has made a great start and I’m sure that he will last the month, but it’s a little too early to start celebrating. And when we do it certainly won’t involve fireworks or family pets this time.’
Slightly crestfallen Mr Smith conceded, ‘Strictly speaking my new year’s eve didn’t actually end until about 6am yesterday following the arrest and by the time I had been bailed and released from the station it was getting on for tea time. But I did then go straight home and passed out on the settee without a second thought for a pint or bottle of scotch.’
A spokesman for Alcohol Concern, who wished to remain anonymous, commented ‘ This is a great achievement, we are behind Norman 57.15% ABV. I am sure Norman will succeed with the support of his wife and a just a little more understanding from the RSPCA inspectorate.’
Mr Smith is due to appear before Derby magistrates in February.