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At least 4,000 looking forward to month without any booze

Published 31/12/2015 | 09:44

File. Photo: PA
File. Photo: PA

Up to 4,000 Irish people could soon be nursing their last hangover after signing up to go On The Dry for January.

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Almost 3,000 people from across the country have already resolved to get 2016 off to a sober start in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF).

And hundreds more are expected to join the fundraising campaign after toasting the New Year with a glass of bubbly tonight.

"Giving your body a break from alcohol after the party season is a great way to kick-start a healthy new year," said IHF spokeswoman Caroline Cullen.

"The act of physically signing up to On The Dry will help you feel committed to your New Year's resolution, but the real magic is making it known to your family and friends.

"By asking for sponsorship, you're much more likely to stick to it and get the health benefits you want."

Now in its second year, the post-Christmas drive sees revellers swear off booze in a bid to raise vital funds to help fight Ireland's biggest killers, heart disease and stroke.

Although urged to go teetotal for the entire 31 days, participants can also splash €20 on a sneaky 'On The Sly' pass to enjoy a tipple or two on special occasions during the month.

"Dublin, Cork and Galway are the counties topping the registrations to give up alcohol this January," said Ms Cullen.

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"Registrations from Wexford are coming in a close fourth, with just five sign-ups between it and Galway."

Meanwhile, 2fm presenter Keith Walsh told how he was looking forward to spending the next four weeks hangover-free after visiting www.onthedry.ie

"I like a drink, but I also like to have periods where I don't drink," he said.

"Not drinking in January is a great way to start the year with a clear head."

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