Boozy Brits are putting themselves at increased risk of suffering an accident abroad, a survey has shown.
As many as 23% of young British holidaymakers have gone swimming while drunk, while 11% have put themselves in a vulnerable situation with a stranger, according to the Foreign Office (FO).
In addition, 26% of 16 to 24-year-olds admit to having done something they were ashamed of, while worse the wear for alcohol on holiday.
The poll of 2,479 UK adults, including 552 in the 16-24 age range, showed that 51% of the 16 to 24-year-olds said they were likely to drink more on holiday than at home, with 62% putting this down to the cheapness of alcohol abroad.
Some 40% of these young people also felt pressure from friends to drink more than they wanted to on trips.
An accident abroad can be a very stressful experience if you’re in unfamiliar surroundings and don’t speak the local language, but if you were not at fault Accident Advice Helpline can assess whether you have a claim for compensation.
Accidents abroad ‘devastating’
FO consular assistance deputy head Gavin Cook said: “We’re not telling people to stop drinking but we do want people to be aware of the consequences of drinking to excess – and our research shows almost half of young people understand them already.
“Activities which may be legal in the UK may not be legal in another country. To avoid a night in a jail cell or even a criminal record, it’s important to research local laws and customs, including on alcohol consumption, before you go.”
He stressed that drinking can impair judgment and the effect of being arrested or injured overseas goes far beyond a ruined holiday as it can have a devastating impact on family and friends, both financially and emotionally.
“So our message is have fun in the sun, but drink responsibly so you don’t put yourself at risk of harm,” he said.
Source: Evening Standard
Date Published: August 16, 2013
Author: David Brown