Super Bowl Brings the Issues of Binge Drinking to Attention

Super Bowl LIII may be filled with tailgating, alcohol, and FANtastic food. However, for some, the increased alcohol consumption may lead to increased aggression, or risky behavior.

Adults in Wisconsin have one of the highest binge drinking rates in the United States. Seventy-two percent of respondents from the 2018 Community Health Assessment said alcohol misuse is a problem for our community. Alcohol can affect a person’s judgment and increase aggression. If you decide to drink, celebrate safely by following low-risk drinking practices. Here’s how you can help create a safe Super Bowl in our community.

If you’re drinking alcohol:
o Pace drinks to 1 or fewer per hour.
o Alternate non-alcoholic with alcoholic beverages.
o Don’t drive after drinking.
If you’re hosting a party:
o Offer non-alcoholic options and food.
o Encourage party guests to alternate non-alcoholic with alcoholic beverages.
o Avoid drinking games (which encourages binge drinking).

Whether you are cheering for the Patriots or Rams, have fun and remember to practice safe drinking.

-Katie Wilson, High-Risk Drinking Prevention Action Team Co-Chair

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