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On The Dry, and other suggestions for an alcohol-free January

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At the launch of the Irish Heart Foundation’s On the Dry campaign were (l-r): Kelly Donegan, Sinead Goldrick, Emily O’Donnell, Caroline Morahan, Karena Graham, TV presenter Eoghan McDermott, Dublin GAA footballer Bernard Brogan, Lorna Weightman, Holly White and Ruth Griffin

At the launch of the Irish Heart Foundation’s On the Dry campaign were (l-r): Kelly Donegan, Sinead Goldrick, Emily O’Donnell, Caroline Morahan, Karena Graham, TV presenter Eoghan McDermott, Dublin GAA footballer Bernard Brogan, Lorna Weightman, Holly White and Ruth Griffin

At the launch of the Irish Heart Foundation’s On the Dry campaign were (l-r): Kelly Donegan, Sinead Goldrick, Emily O’Donnell, Caroline Morahan, Karena Graham, TV presenter Eoghan McDermott, Dublin GAA footballer Bernard Brogan, Lorna Weightman, Holly White and Ruth Griffin

Once the clock has chimed midnight on December 31st to signal the arrival of 2015, chances are your body and wallet will be sick of partying. Here are some suggestions for a clear start to the New Year.

Whether it's for economic reasons, to loosen your waist belt, or to give your body a break - there are plenty of reasons to ditch alcohol once January rolls around.

‘On the Dry' is one such initiative. The movement aims to raise funds for The Irish Heart Foundation while simultaneously helping people have a happier and healthier start to the New Year.

Those interested are encouraged to sign up on the website and join the sober community, aided by the team’s tips, surprises and encouragements.

According to On the Dry, more people die in Ireland today from heart and stroke related illnesses than from any other cause of death. A shocking statistic when you consider that 80 percent of cardiovascular disease is preventable.

The top 300 fundraisers, along with a partner of their choice, will be selected to participate in the fun ‘Dry Run’ on Sunday, February 7th - an outdoor event which will include a range of challenges, including a zip line, wall climbing and an insect tasting test.

More information can be found at OntheDry.ie

Alternatively, here are four other suggestions as to how to spend a hangover free January:

Set a fitness goal

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Whether it’s completing your first 5k park run, joining a new exercise class or just toning up - setting yourself some fitness hurdles is a sure fire way to stay on track with your clean lifestyle.

Pick up a new hobby

With Internet resources and online tutorials at your fingertips, there is little excuse to keep putting off learning a new skill or rediscovering your forgotten talents.

Money jar

Instead of whiskey in the jar, put your spare pennies aside in a savings glass for a treat at the end of the month. This will also force you to realise how much money you splash out on weekly pints or glasses of wine.

Designated driver

You can still be the life and soul of the party while sipping on a mineral. Don’t use being sober as an excuse for avoiding all social events, and offer friends a lift for the night. Better yet, they’ll hopefully repay the favour in the future.


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