The University of Minnesota School of Public Health conducted a study showing that one in every 12 individuals who attend a major sports event leave while intoxicated.
After measuring the blood alcohol content of 362 adults who attended football and baseball games, researchers found that 60% of the fans tested exhibited a BAC of zero, 40% of the fans showed a BAC under the legal driving limit of 0.08%, and 8% of the fans registered a BAC exceeding the legal driving limit.
Those who participate in pre-game tailgating parties, however, were 14 times more likely to be drunk after the game compared to those who did not attend tailgating events. Approximately one out of four attendees reported consuming at least five alcoholic drinks while tailgating.
Researchers approached sports fans at three football games and 13 baseball games in 2006, asking them to answer a five-minute survey and to submit to an anonymous breath test. Although many resisted, an average of 20 individuals per event participated in the study. Of these participants, 58% of them were male, and 55% of them were in the age range of 21-35.
The study, which was published in a journal entitled, Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER), raises the concern that intoxicated fans are highly likely to drive home, possibly leading to drunk driving injuries, accidents, and fatalities.
Some individuals and organizations have used the study to ask universities, stadiums and other sports venues to discourage tailgating, conduct better sobriety checks, and limit the number of drinks served to fans during these events.
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