Fall in Athens. SEC football. Tailgates. It’s party central, including the ubiquitous alcoholic beverage. In fact, the Journal of Sports Economics found that football culture has been shown to encourage underage and binge drinking.
Consider the typical scene: kids picnicking with their families amidst beer bottles and cups filled with mixed drinks. Local high school students showing up on Monday morning to see solo cups littering the sidewalk after the weekend’s latest game.
You want to join in the party, but underage drinking is illegal–not to mention dangerous. What can you do?
Initiate your own tailgate. Feature a band. Play a game of volleyball or corn hole. Share a picnic with friends.
Talk to your parents about the message they’re sending. Open a dialogue about the drinking you witness.