This Sunday is America's biggest unofficial holiday. Even if you don't like the Super Bowl and could care less about who wins or even who is playing, chances are you will be exposed to a Super Sunday party of some kind and the good times that come with it.
Super Sunday has become another reason for people to get together and party. And party even more. It has become tradition.
Last year 111 million people watched the Super Bowl. Our country's population is 311 million. That means one in every three Americans watch the game. By contrast just under 38 million Americans watched President Obama's State of the Union address last week. Of course that didn't come with all those great commercials that the Super Bowl has.
There certainly is nothing wrong with Super Bowl Sunday and enjoying the festivities. It is always a nice break from the winter doldrums. Even if the doldrums haven't been as bad as they usually are during a typical winter around here.
Do keep in mind that Super Bowl Sunday can also be deadly. Statistics reflect that this Sunday will be among the nation's most dangerous days of the entire year to be driving. That is because Super Sunday transforms into Stupor Sunday or even Stupid Sunday for many who overindulge. It doesn't help that Super Sunday is a day-long event. By the time the game actually kicks off around 6:30 p.m., there has been an ocean of alcohol consumed across our country. A really deep ocean with a lot of drunks already bobbing in it.
The Family Recovery Center in Lisbon is among local agencies and police forces reminding you that if you do drink, stay away from your car keys. If you have to travel, enlist a sober driver from your group or call a taxi. Designating a sober driver should be on the top of everyone's Super Bowl party list right next to remembering to order the wings and pizza.
If you are hosting a Super Bowl party, keep in mind:
-You can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in an impaired driving crash.
- Serve plenty of food. Think booze sponge that slows down alcohol entering the blood stream.
- Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance.
- Everyone should pace their drinking.
- For those getting into a car, always buckle up.
And for all the betting that will be going on game-wise Sunday, a safe bet will be that cops and the highway patrol will be all over the place looking for drunk drivers. As they should be. So keep that in mind if you are planning to have "just a few" and think buzzed driving isn't drunk driving. It is. There's nothing super about getting a ticket or, worse yet, getting in a wreck and causing grave consequences.