A 25 year old Scottish man collapsed and died in his Ibiza hotel room last weekend after over-dosing on alcohol and drugs, the Glasgow Herald reported this week.
The Herald said Paul Burns was the 9th holidaymaker to die in San Antonio this season and the third fatality in a week, prompting a despairing response from local tourism chief Jose Ramon Serra.
"This man died from a respiratory deficiency supposedly after consuming drugs and alcohol,” he told reporters, adding, ‘drugs are a cancer in society. We regret this death and only hope that we do not have any more of this type."
23 year old Brit Michael Robertson died in the budget resort two weeks previously after also overdosing on ecstasy, alcohol and cocaine, two months after a 19 year old Brit died in July after taking 7 ecstasy pills and cocaine (according to the Daily Mail).
22 year old South Shields nursery nurse Carla Newman also died tragically in Ibiza last week, after reportedly falling to her death while climbing between two second floor hotel balconies. However, her fiancé Phil ‘furiously’ denied the claims, while Carla’s mother Lynne questioned them.
“I’m angry there’s so many different tales as to what’s happened, when people don’t know. I don’t even know,” Ms Newman told the South Shields Chronicle, “My daughter was an intelligent, young girl and people are making out she was just a silly British tourist on holiday.”
British youth’s tabloid image as beer monster hooligans was tarnished, however, by respected publication the Economist this week who reported that Brits are ranked 13th in terms of how many fights they have. Analysing official government statistics worldwide, the business magazine said Malta is the ‘teenage punch-up capital of the world’, noting that alcohol consumption is correspondingly the highest in the Mediterranean island.
Another study analyzing fighting in Ibiza and Mallorca claimed a strong correlation between drug taking and violence though also discovered that ecstasy ‘curiously’ had no link with fights at all.
“Cocaine users were almost three times more likely to become involved in a fight than people who did not take it,” study author Amador Calafat told Science Daily.
“Tourists who got drunk five or more days per week were 2.5 times more likely to get into a fight than those who didn’t drink during their holidays,” he added.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)