Composed of representatives of neighborhood associations (East Arroyo; Linda Vista-Annadale; San Rafael; West Pasadena Residents), public health professionals (Pasadena Public Health Dept., Day One), and city staff (Pasadena Police Department, Rose Bowl Stadium), the RBCPC has met on a regular basis since March 2013 to discuss manners of reducing underage drinking, binge drinking, drinking and driving, and other alcohol-related harms.
Alcohol researchers have found that large community events and festivities, in particular football games, are prone to high rates of alcohol use and misuse. According to a study from the University of Texas at Austin and Kent State:
High-profile football game days were among the heaviest days for alcohol consumption, comparable to consumption on other well-known drinking days such as New Years Eve and Halloween weekend.
- Source: Neal, D., Fromme, K. “Hook ‘em horns and heavy drinking: Alcohol use and collegiate sports.” Kent State University and University of Texas at Austin.
Progress to Date
- Redesign and reformatting of Tailgating Guidelines handout - Updated guideline has fewer words, more graphics, and an easier-to-read format.
- Increased enforcement of post-kickoff alcohol consumption - Environmental Scans conducted in 2012 revealed that post-kickoff alcohol consumption remained a problem during major football events. Greater focus by CSC Security and Pasadena Police Department on enforcement of the ban on post-kickoff alcohol consumption resulted in fewer incidences in 2013.
- Increased enforcement of bans on drinking games, alcohol paraphernalia - Environmental Scans conducted at the end of the 2012 season revealed that the playing of drinking games (e.g., beer pong, flip cup) and use of alcohol paraphernalia (e.g., beer funnels) – officially prohibited by the stadium’s tailgating guidelines – were widespread during UCLA game tailgates. Greater focus by CSC Stadium Security and Pasadena Police Department staff on educating/informing fans about the existing ban on drinking games and alcohol paraphernalia helped reduce the length of games and increase rule compliance during the 2013 season.
- Safe Disposal of Charcoal - RBCPC members identified the improper disposal of BBQ charcoal as a problem area based on evidence of the dumping of coals onto the golf course and other tailgating lots. For the 2014 season Rose Bowl Stadium staff has committed to purchase permanent charcoal disposal bins.
- Amplified Sound - Adherence to the prohibition of “excessively loud amplified” sound policy was also found to be limited by the RBCPC, particularly on the largest game days. After studying other stadium policies around amplified sound, the rule was simplified with a simple restriction on the use of “amplified sound” to facilitate fan compliance, staff enforcement, and event safety.
2013 Progress Report and Recommendations
- 16.2% of adults in Los Angeles County report binge drinking (5+ drinks for men, 4+ for women; on at least one occasion in the past 30 days)
- 3.3% of adults report heavy drinking (>60 drinks for men and >30 drinks for women in the previous month)
- In 2008, there were 258 alcohol-involved fatal collisions in Los Angeles County and 4,832 alcohol-involved injury collisions.
- Excessive alcohol consumption is the 2nd leading cause of premature death and disability in Los Angeles County
- Each year about 2,500 People in Los Angeles County die from an alcohol-related cause, with a loss of an estimated 78,000 years of life.
- Health Effects of Underage Drinking - Underage alcohol use can have both short and long-term health consequences to minors. Not only are youth and young adults' brains still developing, and thus more susceptible to harm, but alcohol use contributes to poor decision-making, injuries, and risky behaviors, to say a few.
- Research - Game Day Alcohol Use, Health Effects of Binge Drinking and More
- Alcohol Use/Misuse in Pasadena and Los Angeles County - Alcohol use rates in Pasadena and the broader region
- Tailgating Videos - YouTube videos shot by fans and environmental scanners.
- Environmental Scans - Observational surveys of individual large events.
- Troubling Tailgating Traditions - Alcohol Games - Not all tailgating traditions are healthy or safe. While indulging in some less than healthy tailgating food for an afternoon poses few risks to individuals or those around them, other traditions like alcohol games, which too often lead to binge drinking, can have far graver consequences to fans, visitors and the community.