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Drink advice for holiday Britons

Boozy Britons are putting themselves at risk on holiday, according to the Foreign Office (FO).

As many as 23% of young British holidaymakers have gone swimming while drunk abroad, an FO survey showed.

In addition, 11% have put themselves in a vulnerable situation with a stranger while drunk on an overseas trip and 26% of 16-24 year olds have done something they were ashamed of while worse for wear through drink on holiday.

The poll of 2,479 UK adults, including 552 in the 16-24 age range, showed that 51% of the 16-24 year olds said they were likely to drink more on holiday than at home, with 62% attributing this to the cheapness of alcohol abroad.

Also, 40% of these young people felt pressure from friends to drink more than they wanted to on trips

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 went on: "Drinking can impair judgment. The effect of being hospitalised or arrested overseas goes far beyond a ruined holiday and can have a devastating impact on family and friends - 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."


From Belfast Telegraph