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Consequences of Over-Drinking
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The pigskin is flying once again in Iowa City. It marks the return of that time honored tradition of tailgating, which usually involves a couple of cold ones.
"As long as they're not being a danger to themselves or anyone else, they're allowed to have that fun," said Officer Mark Asplund with the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
Asplund, who works game days in Iowa City, says it takes a lot for them to step in.
"You have to do something outrageous enough to draw your attention from the other 50,000 people to you.
One fan did catch the attention of police this weekend, blowing a .341 - more than 4 times the legal limit.
"At four times the legal limit, it can be very hard to function, a lot of people are unable to walk at that point, and sometimes it can affect people's breathing," said Dr. Jennifer Lee, with St. Luke's Hospital.
Doctor Lee says many don't know when enough is enough.
"A lot of people don't know specifically where that level is, furthermore they don't know the strength of the drink that they're having."
When someone crosses that level officer Asplund steps in, using a field sobriety test as a gauge.
He gave us an example of what that would feel like, first giving us a normal test, Then giving us one with special goggles that recreate the feeling of being 3 times over the legal limit. The results weren't pretty.
Officer Asplund says the effects are much worse when you're 4 times.
"Most people at that limit would be unconscious; it's actually what I would consider to be a life threatening situation."
His advice, in a nutshell, is don't be THAT guy or girl.
"You're probably gonna draw attention to yourself, and the police will take appropriate action from there," Asplund said.
That action may not just include public intoxication charges. Depending on how rowdy you get, officers say you can be charged with anything from interference with official acts to disorderly conduct.