January 19, 2011
Fans Leave Sports Events Drunk
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- It's no surprise that fans drink alcohol while watching their favorite sports, but a new study measured the blood alcohol content (BAC) of fans as they exited the game and found that 8 percent of fans leave the facility legally drunk.
"Getting fans to submit to a breath test and participate in a brief survey following a football or baseball game is not an easy task. We conducted BAC tests of 362 adult attendees following 13 baseball games and three football games. This is a preliminary study but the first one to actually attempt to measure BAC levels after professional sporting events in the U.S.," Darin Erickson, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, investigator on the study and lead author of the paper, was quoted as saying.
Researchers say part of the problem can be addressed through better training of alcohol servers. Several stadiums are trying to train their servers. However, according to another study cited by Erickson in 2008, individuals who appeared to be obviously intoxicated could purchase alcohol 74 percent of the time. Increased police patrols around sports stadiums would also help, he said.
SOURCE: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, published online January 18, 2011