More than one in three Britons has had unprotected sex with a stranger or new partner on holiday, according to a new poll.
People in their 50s are the least likely to use contraception with a new lover and the most at risk of contracting a sexually-transmitted infection (STI). About 16% fail to do so compared with just 4% of holidaymakers aged 26 to 30 and 6% of those in the 22 to 25 age group.
Alcohol and poor availability of condoms abroad were cited as the main reasons by people who do not use protection. One in five over 50s blamed lack of condoms for throwing caution to the wind while more than one in 10 said alcohol was the main culprit.
More than one in eight women said they were embarrassed to ask about contraception when having sex with a new partner.
Around 30% of those aged 22 to 25 said they would embark on a short-lived romance compared to only 17% of those in the 51 to 55 bracket.
The survey, which was commissioned by The Co-operative Pharmacy, polled 3,000 people.
May to September was the time of year people were most likely to visit sexual health clinics because of worries about sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), said The Co-operative Pharmacy.
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