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The benefits of 'Dry January' last longer than a month, studies show

By Anahad O'Connor

27 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

"Dry January" is a month-long sobriety challenge, embraced by thousands of people yearly. The Post explains the huge benefits of partaking in the challenge and gives some top tips on how to succeed.

Every year, tens of thousands of people kick off the new year by taking part in a month-long sobriety challenge known as "Dry January."

The event is widely viewed as a temporary test of willpower - followed by a return to old drinking habits when the month ends. But according to research, that's often not what happens.

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