Tailgating is a great way to get together with friends and other fans before a game to show your team spirit. However, it can also be a challenging environment to monitor alcohol use.
If you are planning on hosting or participating in a tailgating party, don’t forget to use our safe tailgating tips to make sure everyone stays safe, healthy and happy this football season:
- Never serve alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age. Separate coolers with adult beverages away from those under 21.
- Plan ahead for a non-drinking designated driver after the game and make sure your friends do the same. Be prepared by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
- Bring lots of water! It can be hot and alcohol can lead to dehydration, so make sure your party is well hydrated. No one wants to leave an enjoyable experience by ambulance.
- Provide plenty of food to keep your fellow tailgaters from drinking on an empty stomach, but avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
- Do not push drinks! Drinking at a game is not mandatory for a good time. Provide non-alcoholic beverages for designated drivers and others who prefer not to drink alcohol.
- Beer is just as intoxicating as hard liquor. A 12-ounce can of beer, a five-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler and an ounce and a half of liquor contain the same amount of alcohol.
No matter how you celebrate or who you cheer for, don’t ruin game day by getting a DUI, or much worse. If you’re going to drink alcohol, remember to plan ahead and designate a non-drinking driver to help get everyone home safely after the game.
Credit to MADD for this blog: By MADD | October 11, 2013| Drunk Driving (http://www.madd.org/blog/2013/october/safe-tailgating-tips.htm)l