A quar­ter of adults ‘ can’t en­joy hol­i­day with­out any al­co­hol’

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MORE than a quar­ter of adults find it “im­pos­si­ble” to en­joy a hol­i­day with­out al­co­hol, ac­cord­ing to a new study.

The sur­vey, by travel search firm Kayak, also re­vealed that 10 per cent of peo­ple have pre­vi­ously spent more on al­co­hol while on hol­i­day than the cost of flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The fig­ures emerged amid grow­ing con­cern about drunken air­line pas­sen­gers caus­ing dis­rup­tion on flights.

Some 58 per cent of those who drink more while on a break say it is “part of go­ing on hol­i­day”, and a third – 33 per cent – claim they “have more fun” when they have been drink­ing.

Kayak com­mis­sioned a sur­vey of 2,001 UK adults who had been on hol­i­day in the past two years.

Ex­cess al­co­hol has led to hol­i­day­mak­ers get­ting into prob­lem­atic sit­u­a­tions, with seven per cent ad­mit­ting they have suf­fered an in­jury af­ter drink­ing, six per cent for­get­ting where their ho­tel was and five per cent vom­it­ing on them­selves.

Kayak travel ex­pert John- Lee Saez said: “It’s per­haps not a huge sur­prise that Brits en­joy a drink or two whilst on hol­i­day.

“It is our time to re­lax and, in many cases, a week or two where we don’t have to worry about our day- to- day re­spon­si­bil­i­ties like our job or house­work.

“But, as the re­search shows, it is all too easy to get car­ried away when un­der the in­flu­ence, so I’d ad­vise Brits to take care not to get car­ried away with their drink­ing on hol­i­day – es­pe­cially those at all- in­clu­sive des­ti­na­tions.

“You may not pay for the al­co­hol in cash, but you could end up pay­ing for it by do­ing some­thing silly or ru­in­ing the day af­ter with an aw­ful hang­over.”

The num­ber of peo­ple ar­rested for drunken be­hav­iour on flights or at UK air­ports in­creased by 50 per cent in the last year, a re­cent BBC Panorama in­ves­ti­ga­tion found.

Flights to Ali­cante, Ibiza and Palma have been named as among the worst af­fected routes for drunken pas­sen­gers.

Most of the UK’s ma­jor air­ports and air­lines signed up to a vol­un­tary code of con­duct in 2016, pledg­ing to limit or stop the sale and sup­ply of al­co­hol if there are con­cerns about dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour.

I’d ad­vise Brits to take care not to get car­ried away with their drink­ing on hol­i­day – es­pe­cially those at all- in­clu­sive des­ti­na­tions. JOHN- LEE SAEZ

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