Drinking and the Super Bowl go hand in hand for a lot of fans, but drinking, driving, and death have an unfortunately close relationship as well. Just short of 10,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
That’s a scary statistic we don’t want you to become a part of this weekend. We’d rather you focus on pass completions and sacks!
OK, full disclosure: We don’t have any special juju we can offer your favorite sports team to take home the trophy. But if you’re planning on attending or hosting a Super Bowl party this Sunday, we do have a few suggestions to make sure your team — your friends and family glued to the big screen with you — win … at life.
Take these 3 smart moves and add them to your playbook for a safe Super Bowl:
- Before Sunday, make a plan that includes a sober ride home. Consider using a ride share app to get where you’re going to begin with — that way there’s not even an option for a stupid, drunken choice later.
- Pace yourself if you’re drinking during the game. Alternate alcoholic drinks with water or soda. Be sure not to forget the food — chicken wings, jalapeño poppers, pretzels — whatever your spread selection may be. And when the third quarter ends, end your drinking. They’ll be doing it at Levi Stadium, you can do it, too!
- Remember, this is a team sport. If you see someone about to drive impaired, don’t be afraid to throw the flag or intercept those car keys! Help find them a safe way home.
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