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Study: 8% of fans leave game legally drunk

Posted on: January 19, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:18 pm
One of the advantages of going to big-league games as a working member of the press is that not only do I get to the ballpark before most everyone else, I also leave well after most.

Now, usually I think of that as advantage in terms of traffic, but it may be a more important safety measure. According to a study at the University of Minnesota found eight percent of the fans leaving 13 Major League Baseball and three NFL games were legally drunk.

Eight percent may not sound like a lot, but eight percent of 35,000 is 2,800. Even if only one in four is driving, that's still 700 drunk drivers on the road. Add to that, traffic, road rage and increased testosterone following a sporting event, I'm glad I'm nowhere near the majority of fans after the game.

The study also showed that fans younger than 35 were nearly eight times more likely to be drunk than fans 36 and older.

(Tip of the ol' ballcap to Darren Rovell at CNBC .)

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jan 18, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2011 6:51 pm

Study: 8% of fans leave game legally drunk

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