Stag parties in foreign countries are gaining in popularity. Heading to a cheap European city and indulging in the local booze and dubious activities is becoming the norm. Here is some advice on how to have fun but at the same time avoid having to make a claim for travel accident compensation.
The best man
Before you leave the country it’s worth talking to your best man about boundaries. Hopefully you will have picked a semi-responsible character who will not let things get out of hand and end up in serious accidents.
Also make sure the best man or someone in the party knows basic first aid and can at least remember to put any vulnerable parties in the recovery position if needed to avoid injury from vomiting.
Know your limits
Drinking seems integral to a stag do but don’t feel obliged to get carried away because you can end up sick and ruin the weekend. Apart from the risk of alcohol poisoning and having your stomach pumped, being inebriated also increases accidents. Whether it’s a simple trip, slip or fall or an accident involving a vehicle, you are much more vulnerable after a few drinks.
Some of your party will urge you to stick to a liquid lunch and you may hear that “eating is cheating”, food helps the body by slowing alcohol absorption. Stick to high-carb meals to line the stomach and then eat nuts or other bar snacks as you go. Drinking water throughout the evening is also highly recommended as it will keep you hydrated and slow down the speed of your drunkenness.
Getting chained naked to some railings is a film cliché for the dénouement of a stag party and surely one of the group will be thinking about it
Apart from the potential for hypothermia or frostbite injuries there is also the possibility the local police will not take kindly to such a joke so you could end up in serious trouble.
From paint balling and go-karting to firing real guns or going out into the wilderness, there are many “activities” organised as part of a stag party. These all have real risk of serious injury, particularly if combined with drinking so be extremely careful and don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with.
If you have suffered an injury in the last three years that was someone else’s fault then you can claim for compensation by calling Accident Advice Helpline. We have years of experience dealing with slips, trips and falls, road traffic accidents and more, on a no-win no-fee* basis. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice