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Know the risks if you plan on consuming alcohol while tailgating

With football season well underway, many Ohio State students are likely showing their school spirit in various ways. You may be among the many students, or even alumni, who show up on the weekend home games to cheer on your Buckeyes. You enjoy the time with friends and energetic atmosphere that can get your mind off of schoolwork for the time being.

Of course, one of the more popular activities before football games is tailgating. You and your friends may spend hours making plans, getting your supplies and setting up in your perfect spot to get game-day ready. If you plan on drinking during your tailgating festivities, you may want to understand the risks.

Alcohol can bring many risks

While consuming alcohol responsibly does not have to cause any problems, there are a number of risks that can come with imbibing. You and your friends may think it is just part of your tailgating routine, but you may want to keep the following illegal activities in mind that could land you in hot water:

  • Minor in possession: If you are not yet 21 years old, you do not have the legal ability to drink alcohol. As a result, if authorities find you in possession of alcohol, you could face a criminal charge for minor in possession.
  • Public intoxication: Having a few drinks can help some people have a good time, but if you have a few too many and end up unable to control yourself, you could face a public intoxication charge.
  • Public urination: Too many drinks can easily impair your judgment and reasoning skills, and if you cannot find a bathroom but think it will be fine to relieve yourself behind a tree or some bushes, a public urination charge may quickly follow.
  • Drunk driving: One of the biggest issues relating to consuming alcohol is drunk driving. If you choose to drink while tailgating or at the game and then choose to drive, you are putting yourself and others in danger.

If you are of legal drinking age and are not breaking any campus rules, consuming alcohol responsibly can be a part of your tailgating festivities. However, if you do catch the attention of law enforcement and end up facing charges, you may want to gain information on your legal options as soon as possible after an arrest.

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