As game days go, this Sunday is a big one.  It’s pretty likely the only thought you’ll give to health is whether that receiver needs a stretcher or can just shake it off.

 

In addition to big plays, there are also big health no-nos on game day. Junk food and alcohol consumption typically increases, and if you have pre-existing conditions, this overindulgence may lead to health issues you can’t just walk off during halftime.

 

Here are a few things Doctors Express Urgent Care Indianapolis wants you to watch out for during the Big Game:

 

Car accidents: Beer and football may go together, but drinking and driving do not. According to a CBS News report and the National Transportation Safety Administration, more than 36 percent of all car accidents with fatalities were alcohol-fueled on Super Bowl Sunday.

 

Massive calorie intake: You know the typical human needs about 2,000 calories a day to maintain current weight. But if you’re inhaling 1,200 in one sitting (like the average person does during the Big Game), that’s a recipe for disaster.

 

Stomach upheaval: Eating all those spicy wings and chili dips can wreak havoc on your digestion, causing indigestion, acid reflux and heartburn. If you’re prone to ulcers or have acid reflux, be aware of the trigger foods that can make your condition worse.

 

Find out more of the possible health risks of game day here. Just be aware of the health risks associated with these celebrations, and your health will be the winner in the long run!