Binge Drinking During Football Season
Football season is a time for having parties and attending games. Unfortunately, it is also a time for binge drinking, which is defined as a person drinking five or more alcoholic beverages in one sitting. Socializing during both professional football and college football can lead to an increase in people binge drinking.
A study from University of Texas at Austin and Kent State University found that “High-profile football game days were among the heaviest days for alcohol consumption, comparable to consumption on other well-known drinking days such as New Year’s Eve and Halloween weekend.”
Here are some suggestions to help you safely enjoy the football festivities:
- Know your limit. Learn in a safe environment and really pay attention to how you feel and how each drink affects you.
- Eat! Munch on those hot dogs, and chow on that chili! High protein foods like meat, cheese and nuts will help slow (not prevent) the absorption of alcohol into your body.
- Pace yourself to a drink an hour – your body only eliminates 0.015% an hour which is about half a drink! Alternating between non-alcoholic beverages is also a good idea.
- Avoid chugging contests, beer pong, flip cup and other games that involve fast drinking. If you are going to play, use something other than alcohol or have multiple members on a single team.
- Get yourself a designated sober driver.
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