CHICAGO (AP) — Just in time for Sunday’s Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears matchup and all the human antifreeze it will entail, researchers have come up with the shocking discovery that many people drink heavily at professional sporting events.

Researchers from the University of Minnesota tested the blood alcohol content of 362 people emerging from stadiums. They tell the Chicago Tribune that 40 percent of the participants had some alcohol in their system and 8 percent were legally drunk.

Lead author Darin Erickson says researchers waited outside Major League Baseball and National Football League games and randomly approached fans as they left. Those who consented took a breath test and answered questions about drinking.

Erickson says those most likely to be drunk included fans age 35 or younger and those who had been tailgating.

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Comments (13)
  1. M says:

    This is far from shocking. But seeing this pointless article is. State the obvious less.

  2. bluepmi says:

    I often wonder how much funding does a study like this get? Do we really need a lead author and researchers to determine who’s been drinking. Of course the numbers are high, do you really think a sober fan trying to get the hell out of a stadium has time to give a breath test? SHOCKING!

  3. mick says:

    Our tax dollars at work.

  4. Rosalie Hansen says:

    Yes people calibrate and drink. And somebody is dumb enough to do a Shocking Study and gets paid to do that. I’m want some of that money, who do I sign up to do Shocking stories on drinking at Sport Events?

  5. st paul says:

    I bet if the test had been at a Packers game, results would have been much higher. hehe

  6. BBennigan says:

    Bet if they done the survey at a Purple home game other than the Gophers House we’d be pushing 80%! 😉 🙂

  7. Dan says:

    Not only do they drink, but all the CO2 from the beer contributes to global warming.

    1. gophuckyourselfbucky says:

      So does my ass the day after

  8. gtV says:

    Sorry, WCCO, but is this news when this fact of sports fan life has been known globally for years! However, the methodology for this research topic maybe flawed due to the size of the sample groups and location where the sample groups were polled.

    The percentage of the event’s fans drinking and inebriation maybe relatively stable throughout the sampling data but location and ages will vary greatly be skewed by location and weather etc.. For example, traditional tailgaters in Green Bay might be more salubrious and legally impaired than those in Cleveland or Minneapolis.

    Again, I apologize for starting to get carried away here but the drift of this message is –is this really hard news beyond some quick news comedy to a more serious news day?

    Skol!! Cheers!! Prost!!

  9. Paula says:

    Who paid for this study? What a waste of tax money. Next time just have your photographer scan the spectators. DUH!!

  10. Lee says:

    Wow! They actually did an “official” study on this?!?!? UMN…Really?!? You guys couldn’t think of anything better to do with our tax dollars?

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