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Tailgating increases risk of drunkenness after pro sports games, U study finds

Posted by: Jenna Ross Updated: January 18, 2011 - 5:22 PM

About 8 percent of fans leaving pro baseball and football games were legally drunk. That's one of several interesting -- and occasionally intuitive -- findings from a new University of Minnesota study:

The study, published today in "Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research," includes these conclusions, taken from a U press release:

  • Nearly half of sports fans consumed alcohol during the event.
  • Fans under 35 years of age have nine times greater odds of having blood alcohol content (BAC) levels above the limit of .08.
  • Those who drink at tailgating parties have 14 times greater odds of being legally drunk, compared to fans who had not tailgated.
  • Nearly one in four attendees who tailgated reported consuming five or more alcoholic beverages while tailgating.
  • Those who were in the highest BAC category reported consuming, on average, 6.6 drinks while tailgating compared with 3.7 drinks and 2.8 drinks for those in the mid-range BAC category and the zero BAC category, respectively.
  • Night game attendees had higher odds of having a mid-range BAC (not above the legal limit), but they were not significantly more likely to have a BAC above the legal limit.

 

So, what do you say?

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