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Dry January is not a solution. It is part of the problem

Abstinence from alcohol ultimately just perpetuates the very cycle drinkers are seeking to break  

By Julian Baggini  

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When the third national lockdown was announced, a rare consensus broke out on social media: Dry January had already been cancelled. Only a week before, it had been announced that more people were going to give up booze in the first month of the year than ever before. According to Alcohol Change UK, 6.5m people were jumping on the temporary bandwagon—one in five of all adult drinkers. Now, two weeks into the month, it seems many have jumped off again. 

The charity soon took to social media itself, announcing: “#DryJanuary is not cancelled. Cope with uncomfortable emotions without a drink.”…

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