Tailgating too hard?

School has started, the temperature is cooling off and Cougar football is underway.  When it comes to football season, tailgating seems to be as popular as the game itself. You get to socialize, probably eat some delicious grilled food and enjoy some alcohol.

Football season lasts for several weeks throughout the fall semester. And for some, this means drinking alcohol fairly regularly.

If you do choose to tailgate before the game, the goal should be to have fun and to socialize with friends, family and fellow Cougs, and not to drink as much as you can.  Of course you’ve probably heard the phrase “drink in moderation.” But, it’s not totally clear what this means, or what it looks like.

We know drinking moderately is beneficial because it can help prevent alcohol poisoning, consuming too many empty calories and some of the less-than-pleasant side effects of drinking too much.

To learn what moderate drinking is for you, try some of these tips:

  • Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Also, drinking water throughout the day will help you stay hydrated.
  • Sip your beverage rather than gulping it down.
  • Eat food before and while you are drinking to help absorb the alcohol in your stomach.
  • Encourage your friends to stop when they’ve had enough.

Be on the lookout for people showing the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning. Getting drunk before the game can ruin not only the game, but also the rest of your day.