Top Tips from the Matthew Project on keeping your promise for Dry January

1. Go easy: don't binge before the booze-break - you're better off lowering the units in the build up to Dry January.

2. Stay positive - this is a good for your liver, head, fitness, waistline and bank balance. You'll feel great, so enjoy it!

3. Treat yourself - you'll save a heap of money so keep a savings jar and reward yourself half way through

4. Eat earlier - we tend to fancy a drink after work when the body's blood sugars are low - and we're actually hungry. A full tummy is less demanding, plus we make better decisions when we aren't hungry, so eat earlier.

5. Water - keep a bottle of cold water in the fridge. If you hit a craving, gulp a large glass down. It'll take away the thirst and contract the stomach.

6. Occupy the mind - have a list of jobs to do around the house. Get recommendations on some great books. Join the Norwich rock choir. Volunteer - you may be surprised at the time you'll have.

7. Use that spare energy! You'll be up earlier and to bed sooner - and may have excess energy to burn off! Pop on those trainers, brisk walking or jogging will help quieten the mind.

8. Be the designated driver - this will keep you cool at parties and other social occasions.

9. Remove temptation: chuck out your old spirits, including Nan's Tia Maria.

10. Remember - this gets easier as you go along. And YOU CAN DO IT!

It's not too late to sign up to Dry January and choose to support The Matthew Project.

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Remember that Dry January is not a medical detox programme and should not be attempted by people with an alcohol dependency problem.

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