Nearly half of sports fans leaving professional baseball and football games consumed alcohol during the event, and eight percent of attendees are legally drunk when they leave, according to University of Minnesota School of Public Health research.
Researchers conducted breathalyzer exams on a total of 362 adults after 13 baseball games and three football games. Sixty percent of fans tested had a blood alcohol content level (BAC) of zero, 40 percent had a BAC under the legal driving limit of .08, and of that group, 8 percent blew above that legal limit.
The study is published online today in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research (ACER). The study is the first to measure BAC levels of fans after professional sporting events in America.
The study also found that fans who tailgate and drink at those parties are 14 times more likely to be legally drunk than fans who don't tailgate.
We'll likely muse on this more tomorrow. For now, though, we'll take your thoughts in the comments.