Ski Injuries Caused By Alcohol May Not Be Covered By Insurance, Britons Warned

Travel News — By Carlo Alcos on December 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Imagine shushing your way down the slopes only to get pulled over by a cop and breathalyzed. Apparently, this happens. In Colorado, you can get fined up to $1000 for skiing while under the influence of alcohol.

I read about this in an article in The Telegraph. They want to get the word out to Britons who go off on ski holidays thinking they can get smashed and rely on health insurance should anything happen to them on the slopes. According to the article, of a survey of 1000 British skiers, 22% admitted drinking heavily (more than 12 units of alcohol in a single night) while on holidays, and 39% have gone skiing while hungover.

What most didn’t know was that if a doctor deemed that alcohol was a factor in an injury, it could invalidate their insurance, leaving them with massive bills to transport them to a hospital, or even back to the UK. The same study discovered that on average, Britons consume 10 units of alcohol on a typical night while on ski holidays.

Many Britons don’t even bother with getting additional insurance, mistakenly believing that their European Health Insurance Card would cover any transportation costs. Phil Lord, spokesman for the Foreign Office, said:

We strongly advise those hitting the slopes to take out comprehensive insurance. Medical treatment and repatriation can leave you thousands of pounds out of pocket.

Maybe an SUI violation — skiing under the influence — isn’t such a bad idea after all.

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Tags: alcohol, drinking, injury, insurance, skiing, UK

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