Perspective Newsletter

Keep your Super Bowl guests safe and sober

​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:

  1. Serve protein-rich food

    (slows digestion).
  2. Mix drinks modestly,

    and don't be shy about cutting off guests who've had enough.
  3. Close the bar to everyone by the third quarter.

  4. 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.

For more tips, see's "How to prevent friends from driving drunk."

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