Binge-drinking Brits, lured by cheap booze, have invaded the Mediterranean resort of Malia, Crete, where cut price alcohol is one of the grim knock-on effects of the Greek debt crisis.
The nation that gave the world the
Acropolis and democracy is on its knees. And so are many of its tourists
after booze prices were slashed to attract custom, according to a British newspaper report.
With the euro also down against the pound, the result is a field day for Brits looking for cheap drinks in the sun.
The sign “Unlimited alcohol 15 euros” outside the Ice Bar in Malia tell a typical tale.
It is one of many such offers spreading through crisis-hit Greek seaside towns competing to attract young drinkers.
Bars that cannot compete have closed and
one owner explained: “We have suffered
terribly and have had to slash prices to attract customers.
“This year has been the worst yet. Profits are down 50 per cent. All the Brits come here to get wasted and we need them.
“But they get so drunk it also gives us a bad name. I’m letting in people who are underage because they will buy drinks.”
tavernas are feeling the crunch because the debt-ridden government has
put up taxes and many families running bars are also supporting
relatives made jobless by the crisis.
Desperate to steal each other’s customers, they cut prices.
The result is that there are Britons passed out all
around Malia’s main strip laying drunk and senseless in the gutters.