Football and Alcohol

Published on September 10, 2016 by in Success Stories


football-and-alcoholNFL and NCAA kick offs not only signal the beginning of football games, they also signal a rise in beer and alcohol sales.  So even though summer is not over (when beer and alcohol sales are already high enough), there is a 17% rise in beer sales increasing with the commencement of football season.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota found that people attending NFL games not only buy tickets to the games, they buy beer.  And lots of it.

The study also showed that people 35 years of age and under were eight times more likely to be legally drunk by the end of the game and tailgaters were fourteen times more likely to be legally drunk by games end.  1 in 12 people are legally drunk at major sporting events. This means with the average stadium capacity being around 69,000, approximately 5,727 people leave each sporting event drunk. Whether the team you support wins or loses, there is an increase in beer and alcohol consumption either way.

Alcohol once banned in all N.C.A.A. school property events is now slowly changing with the stadiums selling alcohol. Some schools even build stadiums off property so they alcohol may be sold and consumed in the stadium as well as in the parking lot.  Specifically, the SEC is looking in to lifting its ban.

An even sadder part of our enthusiastic love of football is that beer sales is not the only thing that rises.  DUI arrests, fights in and out of stadiums, domestic violence not to mention millions of hangovers and more than likely lost production at work all would increase with an increase in alcohol consumption.

I have been focusing on stats in football stadiums, now think about all the sports bars and taverns and the millions of households across the US. You can only imagine the unbelievable numbers in every category brought up.  The binge drinking during our love for the game hurts families and individual’s financially, physically and may even result into some turning into alcoholics.

I’ve been watching football since I can remember and love the sport as much as the next fan.  I don’t know if I have ever seen any football parties or tailgates that didnt have alcohol and beer.  In large quantities.  With one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems there is probably several people at every tailgating party that should not be drinking or exposed to alcohol or beer.  Would you go to a football party that didn’t serve alcohol.  Better yet, could you?    Because you should.

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