New Year, Same You? Giving up smoking and alcohol are New Year's resolutions most likely be ditched by February

Failed New Year's Resolutions

It's that time of the year again and many of you would have made New Year's resolutions to either do more of something you've always wanted to do or less of something else. Unfortunately, a significant number of New Year's resolutions are broken by the second month of the year.

According to a new poll from Betway Casino, despite the reputation of January gym goers being the biggest quitters, smokers are actually most likely to give up on their resolution. Almost half (48.4 per cent) of people who made the resolution to give up in January 2018 had broken it by the first week of February. On the other hand, just over one in five new gym goers (22.7 per cent) had given up by the same time and it took until the middle of September for half to throw in their workout towels.

The second most difficult resolution to keep was cutting down on alcohol. Despite 'Dry January' and other good initiatives, more than a third (37.6 per cent) had drunk alcohol by the end of January. Almost a quarter (23.1 per cent) did not even make it to two weeks.

Righteousness is no guarantee of perseverance either. Those who promise to donate more to charity over the year have the third highest quitting rate by February. Exactly one in three who said they would donate more to charity had either given up on the thought or cancelled their payments after a month.

To find out when people are most likely to ditch their New Year’s resolutions, check out the infographic below

The poll also revealed that one in ten people had given up on their New Year's resolutions by the end of the second week of the year. Almost half (49.3 per cent) made the same resolution as the previous year, despite their earlier chances of failure.

The New Year’s resolutions with the fastest quitting rates by February are:

1. Quit smoking - 48.4%

2. Drink less or give up alcohol - 37.6%

3. Donate to charity - 33.3%

4. Eat more healthily - 30.0%

5. Improve sleep pattern - 26.5%

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