BE SMART: Drinking Games

by Katie Bogusz on January 9, 2018

Drinking games are games or even contests that involve drinking alcohol, usually as a penalty or in response to a prompt or cue.  Drinking games are also a sure way to consume large amounts of alcohol in a short amount of time.  This can lead to dangerous situations, alcohol poisoning, bad decisions, or a night people wish they could forget.  Try out these BE SMART tips to avoid or reduce the negative consequences of playing drinking games.

How to avoid the Drinking Game:

  • Play non-drinking games.
  • Don’t go to parties that have drinking games.
  • Offer to be the DJ.
  • Make a pact with your friends not to play drinking games.
  • Turn up the music and dance.
  • Mingle with people not playing drinking games.
  • Offer to be the designated driver, or sober buddy.
  • Play video games instead.
  • Be the game MC or judge.
  • Spill your drink on purpose so you have to “leave to get another drink”.
  • Stay away from the gaming area.
  • Drink non-alcoholic drinks if you choose to play.

How to refuse or excuse yourself from drinking games:

  • “Gotta go fix my make-up”
  • “I have to deal with some drinking drama”
  • “I can’t play this round I need some air”
  • “I have to return this phone call”
  • “I’m not good at these games so I’ll sit out”
  • “No thanks, I’m not drinking tonight”
  • “I already met my drink limit”
  • “I have to change my outfit”
  • “I’ll skip this round”
  • “No thanks, I’d rather watch”
  • “No thanks, I’d rather play a non-drinking game”

Convert drinking games to non-drinking games by substituting alcohol with:

  • Water, soft drinks, or juice
  • Candy
  • Snacks: pretzels, chips, crackers, fruit, etc.
  • Poker chips (that you can turn in for prizes!)


BE SMART: Don’t Feel Pressured to play Drinking Games

Drinking games can cause people to consume large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time.  This can cause a lot of dangerous and harmful consequences.  BE SMART, and say no to drinking games by using some of the tips from this article.  Also, be confident when you say no and be happy that you are able to be in control of your decisions!  To learn more about Outreach Education as well as the BSU Peer Educators: like the BSUOutreach page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @bsuoutreach.

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