Few things can be as fun in college as getting together with a group of (of age) friends on a weekend and enjoying a night of drinking games together. When drinking with your friends, please remember to enjoy alcohol responsibly – call an Uber or a Lyft if you need to go anywhere that night, and make sure that you enjoy yourself responsibly.
Because more and more college-aged adults are choosing to not drink, we’ve also included alcohol-free alternatives for all of our games. Just because someone doesn’t drink doesn’t mean they should be left out of the fun!
Required items: One die, a communal cup, and a different type of alcohol for every player.
Rules: The person who starts the game adds some of their alcohol to the communal cup. They then roll the die:
Nonalcoholic alternative: Instead of having each player bring alcohol, assign a liquid from the fridge that each player adds to the communal cup. Soy sauce, hot sauce, ranch dressing, etc all work. The more disgusting, the better!
Required items: This game doesn’t require anything other than a big group of people. Everybody needs a drink to start.
Rules: To play, players count out loud to 21 (or to any number, for that matter). The player who gets to 21 can institute a new rule – it’s usually best to base these off of a number. For example, ‘Guys must drink on the number 3’ or ‘Anyone not touching their nose at 10 must drink’. If the rules become too much to remember, you can always start over.
Nonalcoholic alternative: This game is just as much fun without alcohol, and it can become very difficult to keep track of the rules as the game progresses. Try this with soda instead!
Required items: One beer for every participant
Rules: The host takes a can of beer for each participant into another room (for example, the kitchen). He or she then shakes one of the cans up as much as possible. Then, they bring the cans back to the players.
The player whose beer explodes must chug the beer immediately.
Nonalcoholic alternative: This game is just as fun with cans of soda!
This game is also a great option when you’re low on space.
Required Items: All you need is a cup, a quarter, and a table.
Rules: Each player slides the quarter to the edge of the table and then attempts to flip it into the cup. If they make it, they can order whomever they wish to drink the contents of the cup. Players who land the quarter in the cup can also declare additional rules for the game that must be followed until someone else lands a quarter in the cup.
Nonalcoholic alternative: Every time a player misses a shot, they have to add a fridge condiment to their drink. By the time someone lands a quarter in their cup, they’ll likely have a delicious mixture of drinks and soy sauce.
Required Items: A Jenga set, alcohol.
Rules: To start, players take Jenga blocks and write rules on them. You can put anything you want on a block – from ‘Take another drink!’ to ‘Run around the block with boxers on your head’. Drunk Jenga is just like normal Jenga, but any time a player pulls a block, they must follow the rules on that block. The person who knocks over the tower must finish their drink!
Nonalcoholic alternative: This game can be played as is without any alcohol – instead of putting ‘rules’, it might be more fun to put dares on your blocks.
This game is essentially a version of beer pong that can be played with much less space.
Required Items: A pingpong ball, a cup for every player (full of the beverage of their choice), and a center cup (also full of whatever drink).
Rules: The player who starts attempts to throw their ball into another’s cup. If they make it, the player whose cup the ball landed in has to drink the contents of the cup. If they miss, the player who catches the ball gets to throw next. If anyone throws the ball in the center cup, then everyone has to drink their cups – and the person who landed the ball in the center cup also has to drink that cup.
Nonalcoholic alternative: You can easily accommodate someone who doesn’t want to drink – just fill their glass with soda!
Required items: Two 40 ounce bottles of malt liquor for every player
Rules: At the start of play, the host opens each player’s bottles of malt liquor and tapes them to their hands. The only way to have the bottles removed is when they are both empty.
Nonalcoholic alternative: Any player who isn’t drinking alcohol can have two jugs of apple juice taped to their hands.
How many did you try? Do you have a favorite? Cheers!
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