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Alcohol consumed on a plane can be as much as 15 units in one flight

Drinking alcohol on a flight can be one of the perks when flying long haul.

With free booze offered throughout the flight, it can be hard to decline.

A recent survey by travel insurance specialist Columbus Direct has revealed just how much Britons drink on one flight.

Shockingly, it is a way over the recommended daily allowance.

44 per cent blamed nervousness for drinking so much

Two million passengers drink 15 units or more of alcohol on just a single flight, with the weekly allowance coming in at 14 units.

The survey also found that men were much worse than women, drinking nearly double the amount that women drink on a flight.

Of those asked, 44 per cent blamed nervousness for drinking so much, with 43 per cent stating it was because the alcohol was free.

With the average amount coming to a strong six units, this equates to just three glasses of wine or six gin and tonics.

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Alison Wild, Head of Travel Insurance at Columbus Direct, commented on the findings: “Jetting off on holiday is both an exciting and sometimes stressful experience and holidaymakers often find alcohol helps them relax and enjoy themselves.

“However, we urge passengers to drink responsibly by enjoying alcohol in moderation, not only for their own wellbeing, but for the consideration of other passengers on board.

“No-one wants the additional stress of their holiday beginning with a hospital visit and being mindful of alcohol consumption during the flight can help avoid this.

Drinking on flights has become a huge problem in the aviation industry, causing huge delays and assaults on planes.

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Alcohol on planes is often free, causing Britons to overindulge

Ryanair has spoken out against it, asking for limits to be imposed on flights and airports to prevent passenger disruptions.

From just two drinks per person and stopping any alcohol sales before 10am, it is hoped that it will stop passengers from fighting and costing airlines thousands when the flight is delayed.

Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer said: “It’s completely unfair that airports can profit from the unlimited sale of alcohol to passengers and leave the airlines to deal with the safety consequences.”

A BBC Panorama investigation discovered that 387 people were arrested between February 2016 and February 2017, up from 255 the previous year.

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