Brits tell survey they drink more alcohol on holiday

As if confirmation was needed, British tourists have told a recently conducted survey that they consume more alcohol when they are on holiday.

The survey, which was conducted by travel website, Tripadvisor, revealed that 60 percent of UK travellers drink more when they are on holiday than they would in normal circumstances. 28 percent admitted that during their vacation they consume five or more alcoholic drinks every day.

Any suggestion that this extra consumption is a universal trend amongst holidaymakers is quashed by further revelations from the survey, which indicated that British holidaymakers drink more while they are away than French, Spanish, German or Italian tourists. Of the group, Italians were the most restrained with only 25 percent of them drinking more while on holiday.

Italians, however, topped the chart for over-indulging on food while on holiday, with 68 percent of them saying that they ate more. 58 percent of British holidaymakers said that they ate too much while on vacation and, not surprisingly in view of their additional food and drink consumption, 34 percent of Brits said that their holiday did not refresh them or give them more energy, and 11 percent said that they felt less healthy and more tired following their trip.

Emma Shaw, a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor, said in the Daily Mail, ‘Leading busy, stressful lives often means that a holiday is the only time Brits can really let loose and relax. While recharging the batteries is a great idea, British holidaymakers need to be careful that they don’t always need another holiday to recover from the excesses of the last one.’

This survey follows recent reports that the UK’s Foreign Office was handing out leaflets to young British holidaymakers at airports, warning of the dangers of hotel balconies. A growing number of accidents and fatalities had been reported due to falls from balconies, and several of the victims were thought to be under the influence of alcohol at the time.