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Tailgating leads to drunkenness

February 05, 2011 By: grant Category: Beer in the news

Researchers from the University of Minnesota recently published a study about the drunkenness of fans at baseball and football games. They discovered that fans that tailgated before the game were much more likely to be drunk than than not.

No shit Sherlock.

That’s right…there’s yet no cure for cancer but the good folks in the Ivory Tower devoted time to studying alcohol at sporting events. They found that those that tailgated were 14 times more likely to be too drunk to drive than those who hadn’t been tailgating. In other words, those people too lazy to get up early and plan their drinking out for the day were more likely to be sober.

Darin Erickson and his colleagues say the findings raise a potential public health issue … There’s the obvious problem of whether the drunk people would be driving … And drinking to excess also raises the risk of falls, injuries and fights. Still, given how much tailgating is a part of the fan experience, it’s probably impossible to eliminate it, Erickson concedes. However, it might be possible to put some restrictions on pregame partying and to encourage less alcohol consumption. [via NPR]

I realize research that confirms the obvious is important for various reasons, but Erickson and his buddies should probably calm the eff down. And I love me some NPR, but breathlessly reporting this research to encourage anti-drinking programs is pretty asinine.

Erickson and at least one NPR reporter need to chill out and drink a goddamm beer.

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