Sex, smoking or social networking - what are Brits giving up for Lent?

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Sex, smoking, chocolate and social networking are amongst the most popular vices Christian residents of the UK will be abstaining from during the traditional period of restraint known as Lent, according to a new survey.

Lent is linked to the Christian celebration of Easter and is traditionally seen as a time of abstinence and sacrifice. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (March 9) for a duration of six weeks; in more recent years the period has been used as an occasion to give up certain, generally unhealthy, habits or foods.

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A survey of 1000 UK residents conducted on behalf of Eisberg alcohol-free wine in March of this year found that the most popular things or activities to abstain from were:

Chocolate 44%
Alcohol 20%
Cigarettes 17%
Sugar 12%
Swearing 11%
Caffeine 8%
Sex 5%
Gaming 4%
Social networks 3%
TV 2%
(Other 10%)