Post-exam holidays abroad have become the norm for many young students after their heavy study schedule concluded, according to Alcohol Action Ireland.
With specially prepared packages on offer to the Balearic Islands, Greece and Cyprus, the organisation is now calling on travel companies to support young holidaymakers on their arrival, as many will be experiencing their first trip alone abroad.
“Last year we recorded a number of incidences from young Irish people holidaying abroad, and most occurred on their first night in their destination,” said Dr Sheila Gilheany, Alcohol Action Ireland chief executive.
According to Dr Gilheany, a recent review of the incidence of accident and altercations highlights that first-night overindulgence when students are tired, dehydrated and in a new environmentcan end in significant personal cost.
Last year, many young Irish holidaymakers fell victim to excessive alcohol consumption, with some tragically not making their return home, she added.
Source: Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 25th June 2019