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U of M School of Public Health professor Darin Erickson says fans need to be careful when drinking for an extended period of time at gatherings like Super Bowl parties.

Be mindful of Super Bowl Sunday alcohol consumption, U of M expert says

February 1, 2011

For Americans, Super Bowl Sunday means laughter, cheering, camaraderie, plenty of food and for many – alcohol. Watching sporting events and consuming alcohol go hand-in-hand, and this year is likely to be no different. But if you plan to imbibe, you could be contributing to a serious public health risk.

A University of Minnesota School of Public Health expert who can offer tips on a successful Super Bowl Sunday that includes alcohol is:

Darin Erickson, professor in the School of Public Health

Erickson says being mindful of the amount of alcohol consumed over a period of time, having a transportation plan and making sure to eat food at the event are all important safety tips. He also says to be careful out on the roads – regardless of whether you’ve had a drink or not – since car crashes are on the rise every year during the event. Besides the obvious risk of drinking and driving, Erickson also says to be wary of other dangers associated with drinking such as injuries, assaults and other forms of violence.

To view or embed a video interview with Erickson discussing the hazards of alcohol and Super Bowl Sunday, visit

To interview Erickson, contact Nick Hanson, Academic Health Center, or (612) 624-2449; or Jeff Falk, University News Service, or (612) 626-1720

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