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Skiers 'hitting slopes while drunk'

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Britons are being warned about the dangers of mixing drink and high-speed adventure after a survey revealed that nearly a quarter of morning skiers may still be drunk from the night before.

A poll of 1,072 British skiers and snowboarders, carried out by More Than travel insurance, found that 23% registered seven units of alcohol in their body when they took to the slopes in the morning.

The blood alcohol levels were nearly twice the legal drink-drive limit and these skiers were unlikely to get back to a four-unit level until 11am, the study said.

Nearly a third (31%) of those surveyed also wrongly assumed that their insurance would fully cover a sporting accident caused by heavy drinking the night before.

In addition, 45% of the winter sports fans were planning to drink every night of their holiday trip, while around three-quarters believed that heavy drinking would not affect their skiing ability the next day.

Pete Markey, a spokesman for More Than, said: "The findings of the research are extremely concerning.

"Brits abroad have a reputation for drinking to excess but throw a high-speed downhill sport into the mix and you have a very nasty combination.

"Drink-driving is severely frowned upon and drink-skiing should be too. It can be just as dangerous."

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