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    Read the text about an alcohol-free tradition called Dry January and choose the correct missing sentence for each gap. There is ONE extra sentence that you don’t need to use.

    Dry January: The alcohol-free month challenge

    Dry January is a month-long commitment that encourages people to avoid drinking alcohol. The aim of this programme is to understand the type of relationships between the individual and the drink and to see if there’s a risk of addiction. The concept of Dry January finds its roots in Finland’s “Sober January” initiative during World War II in 1942, but in Britain, it was inspired by the activist Emily Robinson. In 2011, she decided not to drink any alcohol in January to get ready for a half marathon. 1 _. The first time, about 4,000 people took part. Two years later, it got even more popular when Public Health England, a part of the British government, joined in.

    In 2022, over 130,000 people signed up for Dry January through Alcohol Change UK, and in 2023, registrations increased to over 175,000 on their website. 2 _. This is the time of the year when people usually set themselves short- and long-term goals for the year ahead. 3 _. This increase in interest across the globe matches a significant rise in alcohol consumption, with studies indicating a 70% increase between 1990 and 2017.

    More people are thinking about Dry January and how it affects them. One study from the University of Sussex found that many people who did Dry January in 2018 were drinking on fewer days and having less alcohol each time for the following months. 4 _. Among others, there are benefits such as better liver function, lower risks of heart problems, and diabetes. Additionally, staying sober for a while can lead to positive changes in lifestyles, such as saving money, sleeping better, and losing weight.

    Overall, Dry January seems to work best for people who usually drink in moderation. 5 _. When it comes to how, and for how long, not drinking may help people who drink too much or are addicted to alcohol, the evidence isn’t as clear. Some research suggests that taking a break from drinking might not do much good in the long run. 6 _. This is especially true for countries where there’s a dominant drinking culture, particularly in connection with any form of social occasions.

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