BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Cold beer is obviously a must have for many folks while tailgating, but at one tailgate you will find Dwayne Beason and the Recovery Tailgaters, where alcohol is not allowed.
"It's a place where people who are early in recovery or just in recovery can come and hang out there is no alcohol, " said Beason.
Beason said a lot of recovering alcoholics, including him, went to tailgates and did nothing but drink. Now he says this is a sanctuary for them. He says just because you choose to drink doesn't mean you can't have fun.
"This is an opportunity for them to come out and relearn how to do that in a safe place and be surrounded by others who are doing the same thing, "said Beason.
Carson Narcomey has been sober for five years. Although he doesn't drink anymore he does understand why alcohol can be a fun thing to have at a tailgate.
"It helps people to get loose and get excited, and that was how I felt when I used alcohol, "said Narcomey
"It took to me to a point where I realize that life was passing me by," said Narcomey.