Good Luck With That: U.K., Greece Aim to Curb Booze Tourism
When it comes to getting 'housed on holiday, few nationalities do it better than the British, whose reputation for expatriate debauchery is legendary. Turns out, though, that such extreme inebriation has a downside, ranging from fights to sexual assaults to automobile and scooter accidents. Officials in the U.K. and Greece, a popular holiday destination for young Brits, are fed up with the embarrassing actions of a few hardcore lager louts and are doing something about it. As Reuters points out, Britain urged "Grease" on Thursday to ban bar-hopping tours in which patrons visit so many bars in an evening that even having one drink in each would put you well out of touch with your senses.
I'm not sure if this would really have an effect on alcohol consumption. After all, as long as there have been tourists, there have been drunk tourists. But a recent spike in binge drinking does represent an opportunity to reeducate people about the risks of overindulgence. Also, in some cases it's not even the fault of the tippler. Apparently, some resort bars actually add industrial alcohol to drinks in order to save money, a tactic that some blame for the crazy behavior.
A little bit of boozing - and even the occasional bender - is a wonderful part of travel, but it's easy to go overboard with the sickly sweet shooters and endless Coronas on a sunny day at the beach. Best to pace yourself and keep your wits about you. You spent a fair amount of money on your vacation, don't spend half of it too hung over to go sightseeing.
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· Greece Called Out over Booze Tourism [Reuters via msnbc]
· Drunk Travel Coverage [Jaunted]