ARE YOU READY FOR SUNDAY?! WE ARE!
Get your jerseys out, polish the flatscreen, order your buffalo wings, grab some six packs, choose a team for the Puppy Bowl (you know you love it), and DESIGINATE A SOBER DRIVER!
Do not plan on driving Sunday evening and do not let your friends drive either. You can't gloat about how wicked awesome New England is on Monday if you don't live to see it.
The CDC reports that every day 28 people die in a motor vehicle crash where a driver is under the influence of alcohol. It's never worth the risk. In fact, being on the road itself is very dangerous, even if you're sober. Predictably, data shows that regions with a team in the game have higher rates of drunk driving.
Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. We all know that alcohol impairs your judgement. You may think you have a beautiful voice that is perfect for karaoke or you may think you're a skilled enough driver to manage the few blocks home. If you risk the first example, all you potentially hurt is your pride. If you risk the second, you risk hurting yourself and others.
In all states it's illegal to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or roughly 4 glasses of beer, but your ability to steer your car and react in emergencies is impaired at a BAC level of 0.05% or roughly three glasses of beer. This may be why there has been talk recently about lowering the legal BAC to 0.05%. A recent study found lowering to 0.05% would save lives (read more here). Read more about specific BACs and how your body responds here and remember that the amount you can drink is affected by many factors including sex, weight, and what medications you're taking.
You have more options than ever before when it comes to making smart decisions. If you don't designate a driver in advance, have a list of local cab companies or use an app such as SafeRider, which will connect you with a friend or cab company.
Remind your friends and loved ones to stay safe this weekend and always be prepared. Be on the lookout for impaired drivers after the game and always call 911 if you suspect anything (pull over before calling). If you're hosting a party, make sure everyone gets home safely, and maybe have some spare pillows and blankets just in case.
Now go find the face paint!