Staying Safe During Homecoming Season

While homecoming season is an exciting time of year on high school and college campuses, it is important to remember that alcohol-related accidents involving minors tend to increase during this period. In fact, minors aren’t the only ones who have been known to engage in risky behavior during game-day activities:

Studies indicate drinking rates increase on game day when compared to other social occasions among students and other college football fans. . . . Certain college football games result in more alcohol consumption than others, including homecoming. . . . This type of drinking has been referred to as extreme ritualistic alcohol consumption. . . . “

This homecoming season, Mothers Against Drunk Driving encourages fans and their friends to have a plan to get home safely with a sober designated driver – before the festivities begin! Take a cue from MADD and the NFL, who in 2012 inspired 250,000 fans from stadiums across the country to volunteer to serve as designated drivers for their friends and family.

Here are some more tips from MADD to promote game-day safety in your community:

  • Tailgating is a great way to get together with friends and other fans before a game to show your team spirit. However, it can also be a challenging environment in which to monitor alcohol use. Never serve alcohol to someone under the legal drinking age. Separate coolers with adult beverages away from those under 21.
  • Be ready to step in for friends who have had too much to drink – offer to drive them home, arrange for rides with sober guests, call a taxi, or invite them to spend the night. Plan ahead for a non-drinking designated driver after the game and make sure your friends do the same.

If you’re a parent or otherwise in charge of minors, discuss your expectations about alcohol use and let your teen know you are “on call” should you be needed:

No matter what, some students will choose to drink during homecoming. While parents should not condone underage drinking, it’s important for teens to know they can call for help if they or their friends don’t have a safe ride or are in danger. 

Statistics and info taken from madd.org, thefreelibrary.com, and alcoholmonitoring.com

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