Which NFL Fans Drink the Most?

With the arrival of the NFL football season comes binge drinking and celebrations. From watching a game in a bar, tailgating, going to the game, or watching it at home, it’s likely that most of-age spectators will be drinking some sort of alcohol. Commercials are filled with alcohol, and many alcohol brands even make NFL team themed cans for fans to represent their team and drink simultaneously.

Drinking in moderation is acceptable, but alcohol use in excess can become a dangerous habit. A weekly schedule of NFL games can create an unhealthy habit of regular, heavy drinking. With that in mind, we decided to find out which teams’ fans drink the most and least, on both game days and non-game days.

We conducted a survey of NFL fans, asking how many drinks they typically enjoy in one sitting, what their drink of choice is, and more. We asked specifically about game days and non-game days. Keep reading to see the entirety of our findings and our full methodology.

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Which NFL Teams’ Fans Drink the Most?

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Fans of the Oakland Raiders came in first as the heaviest drinkers. With Raiders fans drinking an average of 3 drinks in one sitting on a non-game day and 3.5 drinks on average in one sitting on a game-day, they out-drink any other team in the NFL. Following the Oakland Raiders are the Los Angeles Chargers and the Washington Redskins.

We also found out how much more each teams’ fans drink on game days. The Saints’ fandom reports the largest increase in game day drinking — a whopping 54% — followed by the Jets and the Bills.

The Favorite Drinks of Each NFL Team’s Fans

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In addition to finding out which teams’ fans drink the most, we also asked fans what their favorite drinks are. Unsurprisingly, beer dominates the drink preferences for NFL fans. Overall, local craft beer is the most popular type of drink, as nineteen of thirty-two teams’s fans choose that as their drink preference.

Non-craft domestic beer is also a popular choice with 8 teams choosing it as their favorite drink. Four teams choose cocktails as their favorite, while only one team, the Atlanta Falcons, decided that hard liquor is their preference.

Getting Home Safely

When fans (or anyone) takes part in drinking outside of their home, it’s important that they get home safely, without putting themselves or others in danger. Driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous. According to our survey, 1 in 4 NFL fans will drive themselves home from a night of drinking. The remainder use either a ride share, a ride from a friend, public transportation, or simply walk/bike. Drunk driving often leads to crashes, so avoid driving after you’ve had drinks, even if you “feel fine.”

Despite all the fun and games that accompany sports and drinking, it’s important to know the risks that are associated with binge drinking. Over 10% of fans day they’ve been influenced by an advertisement during a game to purchase an alcoholic product — football and drinking have a strong link. At Alcohol.org, we aim to help those who are battling with alcohol addiction by providing resources to those who need them. It’s all fun and games until things go too far, so make sure you’re celebrating your team’s win safely.

If you or someone you know is battling with alcoholism, learn more about how we can help.

Methodology

We surveyed over 2,250 NFL fans via an online survey. We asked them about their favorite NFL teams, their average drinking habits on game days and non-game days, and their favorite choice of alcoholic beverages. We compiled our data and separated it by NFL team to determine the drinking habits of fans of each of the 32 NFL teams.

 

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