University Tailgating Policy and Students' Drinking Behavior and Problems

There was no change in university students' reported drinking quantities or prevalence, no change in alcohol-related problems, and no change in frequency of game attendance after a midwestern public university changed its policy to permit tailgating. However, students overestimated the proportion of students who drank while tailgating.

Researchers surveyed students before and after the policy change to investigate possible effects. They published their findings in the Journal of American College Health.


  • Oster-Aaland L.K, and Neighbors C. The impact of a tailgating policy on students' drinking behavior and perceptions. American Journal of College Health, 2007, 56(3), 281-284.