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24 March 2011 14:50
British holidaymakers drink more abroad than other European countries, a study has found
A survey has revealed that Britons are the heaviest of Europe's holiday drinkers.
The TridAdvisor poll found that as many as 65% of people drink more when they are on a foreign holiday than they do back home - compared to 41% elsewhere in Europe.
In Italy, the figure is even lower - with just 28% enjoying more alcohol when they go abroad.
The study of more than 6,000 UK and European travellers reinforces the need for holidaymakers to take out
medical travel insurance before leaving home.
Further reaffirming this point is the figure showing that 29% of Britons abroad drink five or more alcoholic drinks a day - compared to just 10% of Europeans.
Based on responses from holidaymakers from the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, the survey also revealed:
:: UK holidaymakers are least likely to smoke more when away, with Italians are the heaviest on-holiday smokers;
:: 94% of Britons are "careful" or "very careful" about putting on sun protection while away with only 4% "not being careful at all";
:: 12% of French holidaymakers admit to not being at all careful about putting on suncream.
:: On a score of one to five, with one being the unhealthiest and five the healthiest, Britons were ranked three for their holiday habits, with Italians the least healthy and Spaniards the most healthy.
TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma O'Boyle said: "While it's encouraging to see that Britons are more health-conscious than most other Europeans when it comes to smoking and sun protection on holiday, we've certainly been shamed on our diet, alcohol intake and exercise by the Spanish."
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