Super Bowl, Your Health, Sobriety and Life

According to a 2015 article in Forbes, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. Maintaining your sobriety has to be your number one priority. Watching the game sober, maybe for the first time, can be a great achievement. Plan to get together to watch the game with likeminded people in sobriety.

In addition to being mindful of your sobriety on Super Bowl Sunday, there are other dangers to consider. A 2003 study by the University of Toronto, showed a 41% increase in motor vehicle collisions at the end of the game. The rate of accidents increase dramatically in the city of the home team who lose. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 21 percent of fatal car crashes nationwide involved drivers with blood alcohol levels of .08 percent or higher. Better to go home before the game ends and not risk being too tired, or out there with drunk drivers.

Another danger that arises during Super Bowl Sunday is the risk for heart attack. People can become so riled up over winning versus losing that they can work themselves into a state of extreme stress. Dr. Allan Beall, a cardiologist at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago notes that intense emotions during a game will trigger higher adrenaline and more hormone production in the body. This in turn will increase heart rate and blood pressure. For people with known heart disease like history of heart attacks, strokes or heart artery blockages, this can increase their risk of a heart attack.

If you are prone to depression, having the team you’re rooting for loose can trigger self pity and exacerbate your condition. That’s why, if you choose to watch the game, doing so with other sober people can be fun no matter who wins. The Super Bowl is only a game. National marketing machines have made it into a larger than life event. Think how fortunate you are to be sober and not have to drink to enjoy a game of football.

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