After Thanksgiving, Americans consume more calories on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.  But it is not just the food - it is the sheer volume of alcohol. For many Americans, the season’s biggest game has become a bona fide American holiday and like many holidays, there will be lots of drinking.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the most dangerous days on our roadways because of fatal car accidents caused by impaired drivers.

Research shows drinking violations more than quadruple on average in states and regions with a team in the big game. That would be right here. It is also important to remember that other drivers on the roadway may be under the influence of alcohol. Be on the lookout for drivers who are behaving erratically.

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    Don’t drinkhard liquor.

    While hard liquor has less carbs, beer and wine a much healthier alternative to vodka and whiskey. Beer has about 6-8% alcohol content, and hard liquor has between 20-50%.

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    Choose Light Over Dark Liquor

    If you have to drink hard liquor, choose light. This basically means that it would be better for you to drink vodka rather than whiskey since darker liquors have toxic compounds in them that cause hangovers.

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    Drink red wine instead of white wine.

    Research has confirmed that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, can actually promote longevity, and block disease by boosting cells’ energy production.

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    Sip, don’t chug.

    Contrary to the popular belief that alcohol consumption kills brain cells, studies have shown that moderate alcohol consumption can actually improve brain function into old age. It found that ethanol actually protects neurons against the damage that can eventually lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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    Don’t overdo it.

    This should be pretty self-explanatory. Don’t binge drink. Sip, don’t chug. Consume moderately, and your body will thank you.

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    Drink Non-Alcoholic Drinks Too

    If you plan on drinking for a long period of time, pace yourself and drink a non-alcoholic drink between alcoholic drinks.

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    Don't Get Behind the Wheel

    It only takes two to four drinks for a driver to be considered under the influence of alcohol. Plan ahead. If you drink this Super Bowl Sunday, please do not make sure you have a designated driver or other safe way home.