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Are tailgating parties inherently risky?

While a lot has changed regarding football game schedules this fall, it’s a given that where there is football, there will be tailgating. This outdoor activity is one way to get together safely with friends and show support for your team.

But just how safe is tailgating? One of the main ingredients for a tailgating party is alcohol. So, when intoxicated tailgaters pack it in to head home after a game, the danger is that they could get into a collision due to driving under the influence. Read on to learn how to have a safer tailgating experience this year.

Make or bring plenty of food

Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach is a recipe for disaster every time. That’s why tailgaters should make sure that they prepare and serve lots of food on game day. Carb- and protein-heavy selections can absorb some of the alcohol you and your fellow tailgaters consume.

Alternate with non-alcoholic beverages

For each beer, glass of wine or mixed drink you consume, toss back a non-alcoholic version to help you pace yourself. If you start to feel lightheaded or impaired, cut yourself off and stick to non-alcoholic alternatives.

Intervene if another tailgater gets too drunk

Nobody wants to put a damper on a good party, but if you notice that a fellow tailgater has had too many and plans to drive home, speak up. Remind them that buzzed driving is drunk driving and that they wouldn’t want someone to get hurt because they made the bad decision to drink and drive. Be prepared to call a taxi or order them an Uber instead.

If you get hit by a drunken tailgater

No matter how responsibly you act, you could still be adversely affected by getting into a collision with a drunken tailgater. If that occurs, deal immediately with your medical needs and then seek compensation for your injuries, damages and losses by filing a civil claim for damages.