Apr 22nd 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with
Young people don't emulate the bad habits of their sports heroes.
A study by researchers at the University of Manchester
in England surveyed 1,000 sports-playing teenagers on their teammates' and their own drinking habits
. They also asked the adolescents to speculate on how much they think sports idols drink. The results showed that young people, if anything, underestimated how much sports stars drink, while overestimating the amount of booze their own friends consume.
The researchers found that high-profile athletes drinking in excess was in no way predictive of their young fans' abusing alcohol. In fact, among a group of non-sports participants, the more a person assumed a famous athlete drank, the less
likely he was to drink himself.
The fact that young fans don't emulate their sports heroes' most loutish behavior is great news for the women of Pittsburgh -- or wherever the Steelers decide to trade embattled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger