The likelihood of adrunk driving accident increases by over 40% on Super Bowl Sunday. In a recent article by the Automobile Club of Southern California, AAA conducted a study from 2002 to 2011 and determined that both injury accidents and fatal accidents are far more likely to occur on SuperBowl Sunday than they are on any other Sunday in January or February. This statistic even includes President's weekend holidays and New Years Eve.
When we stop to think about it, it seems to make sense. Many of us attend Super Bowl Parties with friends and relatives and many people watch the super bowl at their favorite bar or restaurant. During the three plus hour event, we often consume alcoholic beverages along with the traditional sporting event snacks and food. How many of us will be knocking back a few cold beers and gnawing on a few spicey chicken wings? I know I will.
How then do we avoid becoming a statistic? First, don't drink and drive. Simply put, if you are going to be drinking at all, don't drive. Often I hear friends and clients say they stopped drinking hours before they drove home. That's all well and good, but unless they are sleeping over, they likely still have alcohol on board. Let's all remember that alcohol impairs our judgment -- that's often why we drink it! The problem is that we may forget or lose track of how many drinks we have had, or how large the "drinks" are.
Try staying at home and inviting the neighbors over to the house, or find a friendly neighbor and combine Super Bowl parties at one house. A house that you can walk to, and stumble home from. See who has the nicer T.V. or the more comfortable couch to view the game from.
If you are going to be drinking, find a designated driver or take a cab. If you have no other choice, please make sure you have a substantial meal with your beverages and drink lot's of water. Please be careful out there.
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