Not every collision on Super Bowl Sunday happens on the field. In the first hour after the game ends, drunk-driving accidents spike by about 70% compared with other winter Sundays. That makes Super Bowl Sunday as dangerous as "drunk-driving holidays" like New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July.
Four tips can ensure your guests are roadworthy when the clock runs out:
- Serve protein-rich food (slows digestion)
- Mix drinks modestly, and don't be shy about cutting off guests who've had enough
- Close the bar to everyone by the third quarter
- Encourage everyone to stay for dessert and coffee before they go home.
If a guest still has had too much to drink, offer a ride home or suggest an Uber. If that fails, tell your friend you're afraid they'll get stopped and lose their license – an argument alcohol experts say works better than appeals about safety.