Drinking games

Elevate your social nights and parties with awesome Drinking Games!

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What is a drinking game?

Drinking games are basically like playing regular games, but with a fun twist.

In drinking games whenever something happens during the game, you gotta take a sip of your favorite drink. It’s like connecting different game moves with the rule that you gotta have a sip. Like, whether it’s a card game, dice game, or even something you play at a party. It’s just a cool way to mix the fun of gaming with enjoying your drinks.

Remember, the whole point of playing drinking games isn’t to get wasted, it’s about cranking up the fun and having a blast together.

Roulette drinking game

Why do people play drinking games?

In every corner of the world, for ages now, buddies get together weekly to grab a few brews or cocktails, shoot the breeze, and have a good laugh.

There are also crews of pals who gather solely to dive into board games or wild party games.

But guess what’s the best of both worlds? Drinking games, my friend. It’s like having your game and sipping it too. Just a perfect mix of gaming and hanging out over drinks. That’s the scoop on drinking games, right there.

Nothing gets an evening out with friends buzzing faster than a solid drinking game.

Friends playing Jenga

What kinds of drinking games are out there?

You’ve got tons of drinking games, seriously, like thousands. I mean, pretty much any game can turn into a drinking game. You just tie a game move to taking a sip, and you’re set. You could even turn chess into a drinking game, like if someone loses a pawn, they gotta take a drink. 

A lot of drinking games are based on classic games with added “drinking rules”, but there are also games that have been specifically created  for drinking. The range is incredibly wide.

At LOODENS, we’ve selected the best ones and categorized them to make it easier, more convenient, and quicker for you to find the right game for you and your companions of fun.

But before we dive in, we need to cover some basic and universal rules that apply to all drinking games and are recognized by drinking gamers worldwide.

General RULES for drinking games

Throughout a Drinking Game, players, following the game’s rules, will have to take sips of their drinks, they’ll have to “drink.” But… how much to drink?

Every group of friends, in each of their games, can and should set their own standards and rules so that all participants feel comfortable.

To make the decision, four factors must be considered:

1 – The type of drink: A sip of beer isn’t the same as a sip of tequila.

2 – The size of the glass: Drinking a finger’s width from a beer mug isn’t the same as from a cocktail glass.

3 – The level of penalty the action carries. For instance, in “Drunk Jenga,” the penalty for knocking down the tower should be higher than any other during the game.

4 – The number of penalties a player can statistically incur during a game and the game’s duration matter. It’s not the same having a game that can last 20 minutes where a player might never get penalized, compared to a game lasting 10 minutes with one or two penalties every minute.

So, rules for drinking games are a must, and that’s why we’re going to walk you through the ones that are commonly used worldwide.

Drinking game rule #1 - What to drink

Each player chooses the drink they feel like having. No third-party impositions allowed.

Drinking game rule #2 - Glass rules

You should enjoy beer, lager, or cider from a pint glass or straight from their original bottles. A pint is generally the height of eight fingers.

Cocktails or spirits should be sipped from a half-pint glass.

Drinking game rule #3 - How much to drink

Here are some generally accepted volumes:

The ‘finger’ is the accepted standard measure of drinking games and can easily be regulated.

One-finger: Hold your glass and position your topmost finger at the same level as the drink’s rim. Then drink until the liquid reaches just below your finger.

Two-fingers: For two drinks, you can either follow this procedure again or place two fingers side by side on the glass and drink until the liquid reaches just below the second finger. 

The clever part about this way of measuring is that usually, bigger individuals with larger fingers can handle more drinks!

Sip: A “sip” is when you drink a small amount of liquid slowly and deliberately, usually using your mouth and lips to take small sips.

Gulp: A “gulp” is a larger amount of liquid that is drunk quickly and energetically, in a single swallowing motion. It might be a bit larger than a sip, but not as large as a full drink.

Mouthful: A “mouthful” is the amount of liquid you can hold in your mouth before swallowing it. It’s larger than a sip or a gulp, but not necessarily as large as a full swig.

Swig: A “swig” is a fairly large amount of liquid that’s taken in a single motion, usually in one or two swallows. It’s bigger than a gulp and taken quickly and confidently.

The sip, gulp, mothful and swig are ambiguous measures that allow for self-control.

Vasos de chupito

In some games, objective measures based on the glass size are used.

Shot Glass:  A popular pick for parties and casual home games. Mainly designed for games with stronger drinks than your typical beer. It’s a clear measure, but we need to consider if it’s suitable for our game, taking into account the type of beverage to be used and the frequency of penalties.

A half pint: This is quite a hefty measure and should only be used for low penalty games. Don’t even contemplate it if you are using anything stronger than beer.

Full can or Down a pint: While some games suggest this drinking measure as a penalty during certain game moments, we strongly discourage it. Downing a pint in one go can be risky, even if some rules allow a 60-second time limit. We’ve chosen to address it on this page precisely for this reason – to illustrate the distinction between drinking game measures and what’s genuinely a ‘binge-drinking game.’ We do not recommend using any measure that involves consuming a large amount of alcohol in a very short time like “down a pint” o “full can”.

What do we recommend?

For your first drinking games, start with the sip or one-finger rule for basic penalties, and double it to two fingers for more serious penalties. With the experience of that basic guideline, you can decide in future games if you’ve underestimated or not.

Drinking game rule #4 - Non-dominant hand

Drink with your non-dominant hand, right-handers with their left hand and vice versa.

Why? The rule of drinking with the opposite hand aims to add a twist to the game, providing a fun challenge that keeps everyone on their toes during the game and promotes self-control.

Ask players fill out a registration form to allow their participation and determine their usual hand. 

If a player is caught breaking this rule, they will be penalized; they have to take a sip or the amount of drink you decide.

Drinking game rule #5 - To ramp up the fun factor!

It’s always fun to add some extra restrictions to keep people on their toes during an evening of silliness. If you break any of the following rules, you must take a drink:

1 – The Thumb Master Rule: One player is elected to be the Thumb Master. During the game, if the Thumb Master puts their thumb on the table, everyone else has to do the same. The last to react takes the challenge and takes a drink. Then, that player is the new Thumb Master.

2 – The live Master Rule: One participant is chosen to assume the role of the Live Master. At any point during the drinking game, if the Live Master decides to energetically move and sway their body while waving their arms, all the other participants seated around the table are required to mimic the same actions. The participant who is last to do so becomes the one to lose the Live Master challenge and is subject to a drinking penalty. Subsequently, this losing participant takes on the role of the new Live Master.

3 – The No Pronouns rule: The ‘No Pronouns’ rule presents a wordplay challenge. It prohibits the use of specific words such as ‘he,’ ‘she,’ ‘it,’ ‘they,’ and the like. Instead, we must discover imaginative methods to communicate while avoiding those pronouns. This introduces an enjoyable element of complexity to the game and ensures that our linguistic skills stay sharp. While it might initially seem intricate, it contributes to the game’s allure and amplifies the amusement factor!

Drinking game rule #6 - Etiquette rules

1 – No saying the word DRINK: It means that instead of just saying the word “drink” we have to come up with different ways to refer to taking a sip. It keeps the game more entertaining and prevents things from getting repetitive. So, you might hear people using phrases like ‘imbibe,’ ‘partake of the fluid,’ or other funny expressions instead of simply saying ‘drink.’ It’s all about having fun and making the game more enjoyable for everyone

2 – Players are NOT allowed to point: This is to make sure everyone has a good time without anyone feeling singled out or uncomfortable. Instead of pointing, we use other ways to communicate during the game. It’s all about keeping the fun vibe going and making sure nobody gets upset. The most common substitute is to use your elbow to indicate direction.

3 – No Hats in the Circle: It means that nobody is allowed to wear a hat while we’re playing. This way, nobody can use their hat to their advantage or hide any tricks. It’s a small rule that helps ensure everyone has an equal shot at the game and that everything’s above board.

4 – No swearing: It means that we should avoid using any bad words or offensive language while we’re playing. Drinking games are meant to be fun and lighthearted, and this rule helps keep the atmosphere positive and enjoyable for everyone. The ‘No swearing’ rule is there to keep the game friendly and respectful. 

Best drinking games

Below, we propose some of the most popular drinking games today. Some are timeless classics board games adapted for the cause that will never fade away, while others are recent trends that have gained popularity in recent years.

Customizing a Buzzy Jenga
We’re gonna walk you through three bold ways to put a daring spin on the classic skill and strategy game Jenga, turning it into the ultimate Drunk Jenga game for parties and gatherings with friends.
Number of players
Recommended age
Competition type
all vs. all
Playing time
-20 min
Cost or investment
Drunk UNO rules
If playing UNO is fun and having some beers with friends is fun too, then is playing “Drunk UNO” twice as fun? Well, no, it’s more than that; we’d say it’s +4 times as much fun. Give it a try!
Number of players
Recommended age
Competition type
all vs. all
Playing time
-20 min
Cost or investment
Amigos jugando a Beer Pong en dos equipos
A true classic! Likely the most universally recognized drinking game, even though most people aren’t familiar with the official rules. We’ll walk you through it all, including some cool variations.
Number of players
Recommended age
Competition type
1 vs.1, 2 vs. 2
Playing time
-20 min
Cost or investment
Free -
GLOP, drinking game
A party drinking game that has it all. If you’re getting together with friends who are up for a good time, lots of laughter, and a bit of craziness, this game is perfect.
Number of players
Recommended age
Competition type
It’s not a competitive game.
Playing time
-25 min
Very easy
Cost or investment

Warnings about drinking games

The drinking games described on this website are intended for adults of legal drinking age only

It is illegal to consume beer and alcohol if you are under the age of consent in the state/country/ territory you are in. So DON’T do it.

Drinking and driving is seriously dangerous and deadly. Alcohol messes with reflexes and judgment. Risk your license, hurt yourself, or others. Same goes for biking, machinery, and troublemaking while drunk. Legal limit doesn’t matter; don’t mix drinking and driving. Have a sober driver, grab a cab, or bus if playing drinking games.

Everybody’s got their own tolerance level; you know yours, and even if someone try to push you, don’t to go beyond it.

Drinking too much and too quickly can result in injuries or even death, and ongoing excessive use can lead to alcohol addiction. So, please avoid it to prevent harm.

Neither the author nor the publisher takes any responsibility for any injuries that might occur from playing these games.

Please, drink and play responsibly!

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