Many Bills fans lovingly refer to Buffalo as "a drinking town with a sports problem." A new study finds that's probably true – at least on game days.
BACtrack, a company that makes smartphones with built-in breathalyzers, released a new study that shows Bills fans are the most intoxicated in the NFL.
“We found that Buffalo Bills [fans] have the highest average BAC levels, and we found they were the highest among all the other teams,” said Stacey Sachs, BACtrack’s vice president of marketing.
Anonymous data collected from the BACtrack app over a six-week period early in the season found the average blood alcohol content level of NFL fans by team affiliation.
“Buffalo Bills were at .076 as an average, which is just under the legal limit of .08. Following that team, Detroit Lions at .069 and Philadelphia Eagles at .069. At the bottom of our list we have the Cincinnati Bengals at .015, following that the Tennessee Titans at .02,” said Sachs.
Some Bills fans might have their own theories to explain the findings, but the study found no correlation between team losses and alcohol consumption.
The study also found that the majority of NFL fans' BAC levels are higher at the start of football season. Two-thirds of NFL fans have a higher average BAC during the regular season compared to pre-season.
Sachs said that more than a third of Bills fans had an average BAC level of above .06, a level that researchers say produces intoxicating effects.
“Maybe slurred words,” Sachs said. “Maybe saying things you’re not supposed to say. Maybe not feeling so great kind of the next day or as the evening goes on.”