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£150 bank switch bribes, new 26-30 Railcard, boosted January sales, know your tap water rights, and seek a debt counsellor now if struggling with debts. These are our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Deals of the Week.

Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.

Is Dry January actually beneficial for you?

Now that the festive season is truly over, millions of people across the UK are taking part in Dry January - going a month without a single drop of alcohol.

A Twitter poll run by Good Morning Britain found 35 per cent of voters will be participating in the trend this year.

Actress Francine Lewis believes Dry January is great for detoxing and lets the human body recover from an indulgent and alcohol-heavy festive season.

Not everyone is a believer. Media personality Kate Thornton says it's pointless to do Dry January because long-term moderation is key to good health, and most people fall off the wagon at the end of the month anyway.

While a lot people do eventually go back to drinking regularly, recent research has found those who try Dry January are more likely to see long-term benefits such as weight loss, and are more motivated to cut down on their drinking for the rest of the year.

Rail fare increase ‘a kick in the wallet’ for commuters

Commuters were faced with an announcement on their first day back to work following the festive period.

Those using the National Rail network will expect to see a 3.1% rail fare increase across England and Wales, and a 2.8% increase in Scotland.

Overall, some commuters could be paying £100 more for their season tickets, with rail campaign group RailFuture calling it a ‘kick in the wallet’ for the average passenger.

Should drunks who end up in A&E pay tax?

NHS chief executive Simon Stevens sent a strong warning to New Year’s Eve revellers this evening, stating the NHS ‘does not stand for ‘National Hangover Service’.

He accused drunken partygoers who end up in A&E after a night of partying of being selfish for wasting precious hospital resources, particularly during the festive period.

Recent figures from the NHS show the number of alcohol-related admissions in A&E increase exponentially to 70 per cent on NYE, compared to an average 15 per cent of patients.

£300,000 has been set aside for staff to fund ‘drunk tanks’ for the festive period, however the annual cost of dealing with alcohol-related admissions blows out to £3.5bn a year - which is £120 for every taxpayer.