Tailgating Responsibly | SOUTHERN & LSU STYLE
Fall is here and in the South that means weekends filled with football starting with JV football games on Thursday nights and closing with the NFL on Sunday. Football season always seems to bring a lot of excitement to Baton Rouge; however, sometimes the excitement can get out of control especially when fans are tailgating.
Tailgating is a fun way to socialize with friends over a big spread of finger foods, while sitting in comfortable chairs, or even watching or listening to another football game that is on. However, more times than not there is usually alcohol somewhere in sight. More often than not, alcohol has always played a major role in tailgating even when I was young; however, alcohol consumption only seems to be escalating, especially amongst younger kids.
This weekend is a big rivalry weekend between the LSU Tigers and the Florida Gators. I urge everyone to be safe and be careful especially when drinking alcohol. Many times tailgates turn into drinking binges for 6 plus hours a day and in hot Louisiana weather, that can quickly turn into a disaster. Below are some helpful reminders created by Indiana University to help keep you safe while tailgating:
- Know your limit
- Eat food while you drink
- Sip your drink do not gulp
- Appoint a designated driver
- Drink a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you consume
These are just a few tips to help you stay safe and responsible this weekend.