Alcohol and Sports a Good Mix?

I sometimes drink a beer when I watch football or baseball. In these moments, occasionally I remember an episode of The Simpsons where Homer drinks a Duff beer (or two, three, four…), often while watching a sporting event.  It seems to be a very common occurrence, throughout various media outlets, to associate beer with athletic competition.  Indeed, marketers and advertisers go to great lengths to pair their products with professional sports.

However, alcohol and sporting events don’t always lead to family friendly behaviour. In an irreverent cartoon on television, the satire can cut right down to the chase, where live-action shows and advertisements cannot.  For example:

At a baseball game, Homer looks forward to the 72-ounce tubs of beer.

Marge: Last year you got a little rambunctious and mooned the poor umpire.

Homer: Marge, this ticket doesn’t just give me a seat, it also gives me the right, no, the duty! – to make a complete ass of myself.

(from the episode Dancin’ Homer)

Somehow, we think it normal to drink beer while watching a game.  Additionally, it is often the raucous mood at a game, fan partisanship and mob-type thinking, along with alcohol consumption, that can lead to dangerous and inappropriate actions at the ball park, the arena or the stadium.

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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