A leading pub figure in Mansfield is hoping revellers will keep on visiting their locals this month, even if they are ditching the drink for ‘Dry January’ .
Drinkers across Britain have vowed to get ‘on the wagon’ throughout the month as part of a post-Christmas detox effort, or to raise money for a chosen charity.
The annual campaign has been launched by health watchdog, Alcohol Concern.
However, in other parts of the country, landlords have expressed their fears that pubs that are already struggling could be pushed to the brink.
Jonathan Edwards from MALV (Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues), welcomed the fundraiser, but hoped it would not impact too much on the region’s pubs and clubs.
He said: “Nobody in the licencing business would look down on anyone raising money for charity, however, my main concern is that people who do wish to go out and have a drink do not feel guilty for doing so.
“January is renowned for being a quiet time for most businesses, including the licensing industry.
“It would be nice to see if people can come out and enjoy themselves just as much without drinking alcohol.
“In the future, if all the venues could come up with a scheme to raise money for the cause through purchasing certain drinks, then everyone could be a winner!”