In its annual report, "British Behaviour Abroad", the Foreign Office said "many arrests" of Britons abroad were due to "behaviour caused by excessive drinking".
Arrests in Spain went up by a third (32 percent) to 2,032 -- the highest number of any country -- in the April 2006-March 2007 period reviewed.
The report found that on a proportional basis Britons were most likely be arrested was Cyprus -- home to British sovereign military bases.
The Daily Mail called it the "shame of binge drinking Brits abroad", in a front page headline.
"Drunken and loutish holidaymakers have sent Britain's reputation abroad plunging to new depths," the tabloid said.