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Brits abroad 'shun local culture'
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Young Brits abroad want drink and sex, the report said
Young British holidaymakers abroad shun local culture in favour of alcohol and sex, an official report has said.

The Foreign Office report, called Project Holiday, surveyed 1000 Britons aged between 16 and 30.

One third said holidays were all about enjoying hedonistic activities, with 75% looking forward to excessive drinking, and 28% one-night stands.

The survey found holidaymakers from the West Midlands were most likely to crave drink, drugs and sex abroad.

One third said they agreed with the statement: "I usually end up doing stupid things but it doesn't matter because it's all part of enjoying myself."

Drinking and brawling

Almost 60% of West Midlands holidaymakers visited nightclubs abroad, compared to an average of 47%.

The Welsh were the least likely to rate sex as their most important reason to go abroad, with only five percent putting it in first place, according to the report.

Those from the north-west rated drinking their most important factor, while 20% of travellers from eastern England said the prospect of brawling was a major part of their holiday.

Holidaymakers from the south-west were most likely to rate cultural highlights as being important 44%, compared to only 18% from the West Midlands, the survey found.

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