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Safe Tailgating

Football season is finally here! We are back to spending every Thursday-Monday night watching our favorite teams play, cheering on our kids involved in football, and hoping everything goes well for our draft. Tailgating has been a beloved tradition for football fans for a long time. There’s nothing like getting to the game early to enjoy some good food with even better company before cheering on your team to victory. Although this is a wonderful tradition, it can be dangerous if people are drinking irresponsibly. Keeping this danger in mind ahead of time can help make sure your tradition stays as fun as it should be.

Alcohol consumption is a major part of tailgating. To avoid over-consumption and people driving while intoxicated, make sure you do a little extra planning. Designate one or more drivers to make sure everyone gets home safely. If you can not find designated drivers, find a taxi service for everyone to use. Make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages for the designated drivers and anyone under the legal drinking age to take away the temptation of drinking. Alcohol can also dehydrate your body so make sure you have plenty of water. It is also a good idea to have plenty of food so no one is drinking on an empty stomach.

Most universities and football arenas have rules about tailgating. Check the rules for your venue before the game to avoid your tailgate stopping sooner than expected. Tailgating is a great part of football season. We hope that each of you have a fun football season that is enjoyed responsibly.