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Dry January and the 15 hardest things to give up in the new year

Dry January and the 15 hardest things to give up in the new year
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At the start of every year, millions of people around the world voluntarily stop drinking alcohol for one month after the excesses of December. Dry January offers an opportunity to reset and step away from alcohol and start the new year on a sober, clearer, more refreshed and healthy note. Unfortunately, most individuals won’t make it past two weeks before they give up.

According to a recent study of 2,000 adults, 21 percent admitted they don’t last the whole month and three in 10 said they would be surprised if they can last at least two weeks.

A spokesperson for Volvic Touch of Fruit, which commissioned the study, said: "The survey shows how easy it is to fall off the wagon.

“We all look forward to enjoying those naughty little treats every now and again, and to give them up completely is quite a task.”

But it’s not only the booze that people have a tough time giving up but also chocolate, smoking, treats AND social media also fall by the wayside.

The good news, 43 per cent of people will still improve their health and 36 per cent are keen to lose weight during this time.

Other incentives include saving money (35 per cent), while more than three in 10 are up for a challenge and want to prove they can quit drinking.

Here are the 15 hardest things to give up in the new year:

1.            Chocolate

2.            Meat

3.            Bread

4.            Driving

5.            Alcohol

6.            Crisps

7.            Cake

8.            social media

9.            Wine

10.          Biscuits

11.          Smoking

12.          Beer

13.          Takeaways

14.          Sweets

15.          Clothes shopping




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