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article imageUK Government: 'On holiday, don’t let drink do your talking'

By Anne Sewell     Aug 18, 2013 in Travel
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is encouraging young travelers to think before they drink, to avoid putting themselves at risk of serious harm while holidaying in foreign countries.
Their new campaign carries the banner “On holiday, don’t let drink do your talking”.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is asking expats to share this important message with friends and family visiting on holiday, to ensure they enjoy their holidays and not end up in hospital, jail or even worse.
According to new research, around 51 percent of 16-24 year olds say they are likely to drink more on holiday than they do at home.
Around 62 percent attribute this to alcohol being cheaper or more readily available abroad. 40 percent blame peer pressure, saying that their friends tended to make them drink more than they would normally want to.
In Italy, consular staff have reportedly already been called on to aid British Nationals in trouble after drinking too much this summer.
On the UK Government website, David Broomfield, Consul in Rome said:
"Drinking can impair judgement. The effect of being hospitalized or arrested overseas goes far beyond a ruined holiday and can have a devastating impact on family and friends – financially and emotionally. Keep in mind your insurance company may refuse to cover costs if alcohol is involved. So our message is have fun in the sun, enjoy all that Italy has to offer, but drink responsibly so you don’t put yourself at risk of harm."
The advice, naturally, extends to visiting other countries in Europe besides Italy.
Spain Buddy quotes Consular Regional Director for Spain, Will Middleton as saying:
"Going on holiday is a great opportunity to relax and have fun with family and friends, and enjoying a drink can be part of that. 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."
"Laws and customs regarding alcohol vary from country to country, for example with lower limits for drink driving in Spain and "free-pour" rather than specific measures, which makes it harder to control how much you are drinking. It's important to find out about local laws, including on alcohol consumption, to avoid a night in a police cell or even a criminal record."
"So our message is have fun in the sun, but drink responsibly so you don't put yourself at risk of harm."
A prime example was a recent story published by Digital Journal on some drunk revellers from Scotland causing problems on a Ryanair flight to Ibiza in Spain's Balearic Islands.
Another strong example is the story below of a young man named Jake who fell from a balcony while on holiday in Magalluf in Mallorca, released on YouTube by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Jake luckily survived, but it could have been so much worse.
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