Study: Thousands Leave Games Drunk


In what appears to be the most comprehensive report on sports fans and their drinking habits, a newly published study says that nearly 8 percent of fans leaving the measured sporting events were legally drunk. Doctors at the University of Minnesota took breathalyzer tests of 362 adult fans who attended 13 of the Major League Baseball games and three NFL games.

While eight percent were found to be legally drunk, 40 percent of fans tested at least had something to drink.

“Although many people might think that the eight percent is not a big number, it means that thousands of people from each game could be leaving these venues intoxicated,” said Dr. Darin J. Erickson, who headed up the study. “Given that intoxication can lead to a host of negative...

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