Let’s avoid binge drinking. A letter from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility
At Spirits Hunters we always promote alcohol tasting first and foremost. Drinking for the sake of drinking means nothing to us. We have an important letter for you.
Benjamin Nordstrom, executive director of the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, spoke out ahead of the final football season. And this, because it’s the late fall season, is synonymous with relaxation and involves college students.
Known as Tailgating this period is a tradition. Families, friends and students come together on this occasion, something common. But unfortunately, it can lead to alcohol excesses. And what is not common is to see adults take advantage of the opportunity to drink excessively.
“What should be unusual is seeing adults becoming the stereotype by drinking irresponsibly. Being the out-of-control older guy in the parking lot isn’t just a lame attempt at reliving one’s glory days, it’s also dangerous. According to one study, adults who reported tailgating before sporting events were 14 times more likely to have a blood alcohol level over .08 — the legal limit for driving — compared to zero.” Nordstrom said in the New Haven Register.
The adult, an example to follow?
“Managing the risky drinking behavior that sometimes ensues at tailgates can be difficult. During the 2017-2018 season, more than 2,300 alcohol-related incidents were recorded at games across 33 of the biggest football schools. Notably, the fall is also a vulnerable time for new students when it comes to underage drinking — due to social pressures, unfamiliar environments and newfound independence.” He continues.
Nordstrom seeks to emphasise the idea that adults attending this event should be seen as an example for young people to follow. The figure of the inebriated, careless adult can only cause more carelessness in the prudence towards alcohol among young people.
Finally, the good news is that students seem to be listening more, and drinking less. According to Monitoring the Future, binge drinking is at its lowest level in college.
Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.