One huge hangover: Stag and hen parties cause chaos abroad, says new Direct Line research

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New research from Direct Line Travel Insurance reveals the real hangover faced by the 5.7 million people returning from stag and hen parties abroad in the last two years. Over 115,000 revellers have woken up to find a member of their stag or hen party had a tattoo or piercing they regretted.

With stag and hen partiers often consuming significant amounts of alcohol it is little wonder they find themselves getting lost abroad, or waking up in a strange locations with no recollection of how to get back to their hotel. More than 12 per cent of people who jetted off on stag and hen parties abroad in the last two years claimed they or their friends managed to lose themselves in a foreign country. An inability to navigate under the influence may also help account for the 114,000 (two per cent) revellers that saw a member of their party miss their flight homes.

Partygoers are also being left with a financial hangover as one in 10 (10 per cent) of those attending a stag or hen party abroad lost money, iPods, cameras and other expensive items. Six per cent had items stolen and 342,000 of those on stag or hen parties abroad saw a member of their group lose their passport.

Tom Bishop, head of travel insurance at Direct Line, said: “Every year, stag and hen parties get into trouble abroad. While many are left with just a headache after too much alcohol, others wake up to a far more unpleasant reminder of wild celebrations finding tattoos, piercings, or injuries that they often can’t recall getting. People lose their inhibitions abroad and can put themselves at risk of injury by getting drunk or even risking arrest by failing to respect local laws and customs.”

Tom continued: “Revellers jetting off to stag and hen parties abroad should ensure that they are covered by a comprehensive travel insurance policy when they book their trip, but they should also be safe and know their limits.”

A number of stag and hen parties resulted in frantic calls to the consulate, as 171,000 (three per cent) of those on stag and hen parties abroad saw one of their party arrested. It is important Brits heading abroad research their destination properly, as some countries have tight controls on alcohol, and in others antics that would be typical in the UK could upset the locals.
Top calamities befalling stag and hen parties abroad in the last two years

1.    Lost in a foreign country (12 per cent)
2.    Lost money or valuables (ten per cent)
3.    Injured while drunk (ten per cent)
4.    Verbally assaulted (six per cent)
5.    Lost passport (six per cent)
6.    Victim of robbery (six per cent)
7.    Stole items (five per cent)
8.    Physically assaulted (four per cent)
9.    Arrested (three per cent)
10.    Caught an STD (three per cent)

Notes to editors

*Opinium Research carried out an online poll of 2030 UK adults aged 18+ on behalf of Direct Line on 27th – 31st May 2011.

For further information please contact:
Ewan Robertson
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
020 7282 2981 /

Direct Line

Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides car insurance and home insurance cover direct to customers by phone or on-line.

Direct Line is part of RBS Insurance, the second largest general insurer in the UK and is wholly owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting

Direct Line Insurance plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Registered office: 3 Edridge Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1AG. Registered in England and Wales no. 01810801. The Financial Services Authority's Register can be accessed through

Direct Line supports the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s “Know Before You Go” campaign, encouraging anyone travelling abroad to check the FCO’s website for information about their destination, including signing up for their email alert service, at


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