I believe many can agree that although you do some first liver testing in high school, college is where the fun actually begins. I have also met many non-drinking freshmen or new exchange students, however, all of those juice sippers converted at a 100% rate after getting bored once among the drunken people. When it comes to drinking games, I prefer the traditional, 1 on 1, “who can drink more”. Once I had a shot competition with a guy and the funny thing is that after each shot the time between the shots was decreasing. I just drank faster and faster and since I am very persistent, of course I won and drank 3 more shots afterwards, to prove my absolute dominance.
What happened one hour later is a story in itself. I fell off a 1.5m high bed where my friends had struggled to put me after I passed out. Luckily, I was so drunk that I didn’t felt anything. Now, of course, you don’t have to go that far and should always spice it up with an actual game. However, moral of my story above is that you should drink enough to make sure you are well intoxicated before falling on your head. It helps to numb the pain.
Now as for the games again, all of them have one thing in common. To provide you with fun, before the actual fun starts. And I, I always tend to lose. Kind of on purpose though, because these are the only games where you actually want to lose. However, on the next day, I would kill to take my liver out and put it in ice cold water.
The peanut race
Each player drops a peanut into their own full glass at exactly the same time when someone shouts ‘Drop!’ The peanut will sink to the bottom, and then rise up again. The player whose peanut (the actual peanut) comes to the surface last is the loser and must drink their entire glass. The loser’s glass is then refilled and another round is played. After each round, players must retrieve the peanut from their glass, eat it and take another one.
The tree house
This one is best played on a pub crawl, while walking between pubs, but you can have a go at home if you’re not too concerned about your furniture! The rules are simple: if someone shouts ‘Tree house!’ everyone must get themselves off the ground with both feet, e.g. up onto a stop sign, a bench, a wall or, if you are feeling adventurous, a tree. The last person to do so must buy the next round or, if you are playing at home, down their drink.
The ring of fire
This one has nothing to do with the Johnny Cash song, but if you play the song, it can make an excellent background. All players must sit in a circle, with the empty pint glass in the centre. Make the ‘ring of fire’ by spreading the cards face down around the glass. Players then take it in turns to select a card and follow the instructions below accordingly:
- Black ace – nominate another player to take a drink (one finger)
- Red ace – player takes a drink
- 2, 3, 4 – follow the same pattern as above from two up to four fingers
- 5 – Player puts their hand in the air, last player to follow suit must take a drink
- 6 – Player discreetly places their thumb on the table – last player to likewise do so must take a drink
- 7 – The player to the left must take a drink
- 8 – The player to the right must take a drink
- 9 – Player says a word and each player around the circle must say a word that rhymes with it. The first player to hesitate or make a mistake must drink.
- 10 – Player nominates someone else to drink
- Jack – player must finish their drink
- Queen – everyone drinks ‘to the queen’, person on the left and the right
- King – player pours the remainder of their drink into a pint glass.
The player who picks up the fourth king must pour the remainder of their drink into the pint glass, get up onto the table, and cry ‘I’m the king of the world!’ then down the drink
Beat the dealer
First, decide if aces are high or low, and then cut the cards to decide who will be the dealer. The dealer holds the deck and the player to their right tries to guess the numerical value of the card on the top. Without revealing it, the dealer looks at the card and tells whether it is higher or lower than their guess. The player is allowed one more attempt before the card is revealed. The player must then drink the number of fingers’ difference between their guess and the card’s value. So, if the player’s final guess was five and the card was an ace (low), they must drink four fingers.
If the player guesses the card correctly on their first turn, the dealer must drink six fingers; if they guess right on their second turn, the dealer only has to drink three. Once three players have had a turn the role of dealer passes to the next player clockwise.
The used cards are placed face up in the numerical order, so that all the players can see them. As more cards go out, it gets easier for players to guess correctly and beat the dealer.
Nasty or nice
This is guaranteed to get everyone in the party spirit and is best played in a bar that has a good shots menu, or at home with a selection of spirits
Order a variety of shots from the bar, or if you are at home, pour some out. Make sure that there is at least one shot per person and that about half of them are shots that taste nice, sweet ones like Irish cream, spiced rum, peach schnapps, and the other half are nasty, tequila, black Sambuca, absinthe. Each player takes it in turns to flip the coin, guessing first whether it will land heads or tails up. If they get it right, they get to drink a shot of their choice. If they get it wrong, the other players choose for them and it’s up to them to choose whether a nasty or nice shot is in order.
This is the simplest game on the planet, and therefore highly recommended for those who feel they are off it. The first player takes the beer mat and flips it into the air, if it lands face up, they may nominate someone to drink; if it lands face down, the player has to drink. Each person takes it in turns to flip the mat, with a fifty-fifty chance of either having to drink or nominate someone else. The game works best if people conspire to nominate the same player to have a drink whenever they win. You had better hope that unlucky player isn’t you.
I like the name of this game because it kind of goes with being a student. Players must sit in a circle, with the empty glass in the centre. Player one takes the coin and the person to their right must pour some booze into the empty glass the more reckless they feel, the more drink they will pour into the glass. The player doing the pouring then calls heads or tails. Player one must then flip the coin: if the other player called correctly, they take the coin and play moves on, with the person to their right now adding to what’s already in the glass. If they have called wrongly they must drain the glass in the centre and player one takes another turn at flipping the coin.
The celebrity game
Players should gather around a table or sit in a circle. Player one turns to the person on their left and says the name of the celebrity; the player next then have to think of a celebrity name that starts with the first letter of the previous surname and pass it on. The circle continues until someone fails to name one. When the name and surname of the famous person start with the same letter the direction reverses. The goal is to play without pausing. If a person pauses they have to drink while thinking and if he/she says a name that was already mentioned the drink has to be finished as a penalty.
Name that tune
One player is nominated as DJ and the others take turns to identify songs being played, however, their guesses must come within the first five seconds of the track. If a song is incorrectly guessed after allotted time, the player must down their drink; if a song is correctly guessed play moves to the next person.
A player can choose to attempt identification in less than five seconds, subject to the following drinking penalties/bonuses if they get it right/wrong:
- Wrong guess at 4 seconds – player drinks 4 fingers; right guess – DJ drinks 1 finger
- Wrong at 3 – drinks 3 – right – DJ 2 fingers
- Wrong at 2 – drinks 2 – right – DJ 3 fingers
- Wrong at 1 – drinks 1 – right – DJ 4 fingers
The last, but certainly not least, the one you probably already know is beer pong. We can easily call the on the king of drinking games. Oh, this one marked my study abroad and I even participated in a competition where we were awarded a bottle of vodka. Imagine that! You go through 3 rounds of beer pong before which you had few beers to relax yourself and then you get a bottle of vodka you have to drink there. Oh boy.
The rules are simple. You need a long table and on each end you put 10 beer pints in a formation 4-3-2-1, form two teams and the idea is to put a ping pong ball into your opponent’s pint. Once you hit it, someone from their team needs to drink it. There are many rules regarding this one and you can play with a bounce shot where they need to drink two if the ball bounces and ends up in the pint. Also, if the ball ends up back on your side you can have a trick shot where you can get creative and throw it behind your back, for example. If you hit, they drink 3.
Make sure you stay safe and don’t pass out on a hard surface! Like this guy below, he knows the drill.