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World Cup summer 'fuels accidents'

Hot weather and the World Cup have fuelled a big increase in alcohol-related accidents in the home, according to a report.

Research by insurance firm LV= among more than 2,000 adults showed that thousands of TV sets, computers and games consoles have been broken this summer, with many accidents involving alcohol.

The most common accidents involved broken glass or crockery, spillages on furniture or stained carpets.

Guests were often to blame for accidents, often admitting they were "quite drunk" at the time, said the report.

Half of those questioned said the sunny weather in recent months had persuaded them to entertain at home, while one in eight said sporting events such as the World Cup encouraged them to have a party.

John O'Roarke, managing director of LV= home insurance, said: "Everyone enjoys having get-togethers at home and the hot weather is a great excuse for a party, but our research shows that having friends over can often result in accidents, and we see thousands of insurance claims each year for problems like red wine spillages on carpets."

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