Football and beer go hand in hand. Whether they’re tailgating before the game, using their favorite mobile app to place bets, or waiting with bated breath as the final seconds of the game countdown, there’s a good chance NFL fans will have a cold one in their hand.
Most fan bases will boast that they can outdrink their rivals, but which NFL fans drink the most?
We surveyed NFL fans across the country to ask all about their drinking habits in order to find out which are the “booziest” of them all.
NFL Fans Who Drink the Most
Certain teams come to mind when you think of NFL fan bases who are well-known to bet on sports, get rowdy at games, and to kick back (more than) a few drinks. But according to respondents, the Cincinnati Bengals take the top spot for popping the most tops during a game with fans drinking an average of 5.2 adult beverages. Across the state of Ohio in Cleveland, the Browns rank No. 8 with an average of 4.3 drinks during a game.
Coming in at No. 2 are Baltimore Ravens fans who drink an average of 4.7 drinks per game followed by the Buffalo Bills (4.5 drinks), Chicago Bears (4.5) and the Carolina Panthers (4.4). Lions fans might be known more for betting on sports in Michigan, but they average only 4.1 drinks per game. Arizona is just legalizing sports betting, but they surprisingly don’t drink much, with only an average of 3.4 drinks per game.
Chicago Bears fans also say they spend the most on alcohol during games, forking over an average of $58.12 per game. However, it’s the Los Angeles Chargers fans who take the hardest hit to the wallet with an average spend of $60.93.
Elsewhere on the list are the 2021 Super Bowl champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who rank No. 13. Kansas City Chiefs fans ranked pretty far down the list at No. 22.
Biggest NFL Pregamers
When you think of NFL tailgating and “pregaming,” the first team that comes to mind is most likely the table-smashing rituals of the Buffalo Bills fans, or “Bills Mafia.” Sure enough, the Buffalo Bills ranked No. 1 on the list of fans who are most likely to drink before a game. Let’s be honest, is anyone really surprised though?
Rounding out the top five biggest pregamers are the Carolina Panthers (No. 2), Atlanta Falcons (No. 3), Chicago Bears (No. 4) and the Arizona Cardinals (No. 5).
But of course, when you party that hard before a game even starts, you usually end up paying for it later on, which explains why both the Buffalo Bills and Panthers rank at No. 2 and No. 1 on the list of fans who are most likely to miss some or all of a game due to drinking. Considering the NFL season is 18-weeks long, fans might want to pace themselves this season.
From June 21 – 30, 2021, we surveyed 2,013 self-reporting National Football League fans who were over the age of 21 from around the country. 62% of respondents were male and 38% were female. The average age of respondents was 38 years old.
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