The Impact of Alcohol Use Policies on the Emergency Department Census during College Football Games

By Hans House, Greg Pelc, Kari Harland and Jasmin Morrison.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Due to the public health concern over excessive alcohol use and the preponderance of drinking on college football game days, the authors’ university and city implemented multiple strategies to reduce unsafe drinking practices. Efforts included limiting tailgating hours, strictly enforcing open container laws, and setting up driver checkpoints. This study compares alcohol-related emergency department (ED) visits on football game days pre- and post-policy implementation. The hypothesis predicts a reduction in alcohol-related ED visits.

Keywords: Alcohol, Football

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 479.044KB).

Dr Hans House

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

Greg Pelc

Iowa City, IA, USA

Kari Harland

Biostatistician, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA

Dr Jasmin Morrison

Resident Physician, Department of Family Medicine, Genesis Health Center, Davenport, Iowa, USA