Part of the appeal of the show’s most popular character is that he likes to have fun. In his world, that means two things: beer and women. For most of the 1st season, we barely see him outside the football field without a drink or a bottle in his hands. It is not beautiful – in fact, it is a little worrying. Tim is clearly well beyond the level of social or party consumption, which, especially for a high school student, is far from healthy behavior.
What makes it worse is that everywhere Riggins goes, people are selling him alcohol without even questioning his age. In a scene from Season 2, he buys beer for his best friend, Jason Street (Scott Porter), after the latter is refused alcohol by the cashier – even though they are the same age. In another case, he’s going for a drink with Saracen, and the bartender doesn’t blink when he orders two glasses of whiskey with a few beers.
Considering Riggins’ drinking habit and behavior throughout the series, which included a lot of drunk driving, he’s lucky he’s still alive in the finale – and he doesn’t. is certainly not a good example for high school viewers.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, help is available. Visit the Addiction and Mental Health Administration website or contact the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).