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Dry January is Moist for Some at the Rocky Start of 2021

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A collection of RosÃPhoto by wine on display at a liquor store in New York on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. (ÂPhoto by Richard B. Levine)

NEW YORK (AP) — Eight-year-old Dry January has brought on the desired benefits for many among the millions participating around the world. They’re losing quarantine weight, experiencing more clarity and sleeping easier.

But a tumultuous year has left others struggling. Some in lockdown with time on their hands and round-the-clock access to the home liquor cabinet have had a cheat or three. This year’s Dry January came as many people had seen an uptick in their alcohol intake.

Addiction treatment experts note that a month of forced sobriety might not have a lasting impact and could lead to binge drinking in February. But others believe the annual show of sobriety can’t hurt.

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