British Holidaymakers Indulge More when on Holiday Compared to Other Nationalities

According to a recent survey holidaymakers from the UK drink more when on holiday than they do when at home, playing into the stereotype that Britons love to drink. The survey found that almost 60 per cent of travellers from Britain claimed that they drink more when away on a holiday than they do at home. Some even admitted to guzzling about 5 more drinks daily than they normally world. Typically Italian people tend to control their drinking more when travelling than other nationalities do but admit to overeating.

This post published in The details the survey’s findings:

Break for booze: Almost two thirds of Britons said they drank more while away on holiday



The TripAdvisor poll showed that Britons drink more on average while away than the French, Spanish, Italian and Germans, with only a quarter of Italians drinking more on holiday than they would at home.


Based on responses from more than 2,500 British travellers, the survey also revealed that 58 per cent of Britons admitted overindulging in food while on a trip.

Italians – comparatively restrained in their alcoholic intake – were the champion eaters on holiday, with 68% of them admitting to overindulging.

Possibly due to their eating and drinking habits, as many as 34% of Britons claimed they did not feel refreshed or re-energised following a holiday, with 11% feeling less healthy and more tired after a break.

TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma Shaw said: ‘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.’

The idea that British people return from holiday more exhausted than when they left is interesting because it’s something Australians can also learn from. While the entire premise of a holiday is to relax and rewind, recharging ones battery depends on getting sufficient rest and sleep, something most holidaymakers miss. Especially when they choose to drink more than they are used to, it is no doubt they suffer frequent hangovers and return from holiday worse than when they left.

The other risk of over-indulging is that you are in a foreign and unknown place which can be extremely risky. Holidaymakers should make sure they know the surroundings before they overindulge and make sure they have safe transport home or back to the hotel.

Also tourists can be easy targets for criminals in many holiday destinations and even more so when they are not of a sober mind. There is more opportunity to be robbed, your drinks spiked and maybe worse when you are overly intoxicated. The side effects of drinking too much may also make you vulnerable when on holiday. Think of the dangers of passing out in a foreign place or to wake up next to a stranger or worse?  So maybe next time you go on holiday you would think twice before going on a drinking spree.


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