Beer bong (or funnel): This is a simple container or funnel with a hose attached. A significant <amount of alcohol is poured at the larger end and consumed through the hose. The device is strongly associated with binge drinking.
Beer Pong: The world’s most popular drinking game, in which both teams are usually forced to engage in binge drinking. 12 cups are filled with beer. The cups are divided and placed at either end of a table. They are then arranged like bowling pins, with the 10 pin facing the center of the table, from either side. Team 1 throws or bounces a ping pong ball at the other team’s cups. If it lands in a cup, the other team must drink the beer in that cup. Teams consist of one or two players, and the game continues until one team is forced to drink all of their beer.
Beirut: Similar to Beer Pong, Beirut begins with a set-up just like the game above. The six cups are then pushed in a bit from the edge of the table towards the center. A row of cups is then added across the back edge of each team’s table edge. This row of cups are left empty. Teams then take turns trying to get a ping pong ball into the cups on the back row of the other teams side. If the get one in, the cup is removed and the receiving team must drink a cup of beer. If the serving team misses the cups completely, then they m first must drink one of their own cups of beer.
Binge drinking: On February 5, 2004, the National Advisory Council of the N.I.A.A.A announced the definition of binge drinking to be “a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08% or above. This pattern of drinking usually corresponds to 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men, or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about 2 hours.”(1)
Buzz: The sensation a drinker experiences as alcohol begins to take effect. Described as a mild euphoria or lightheaded feeling, this is the feeling sought by most drinkers. It takes up to 45 minutes for each drink to fully enter the bloodstream. By the time most drinkers feel the buzz, they have already consumed enough alcohol to become thoroughly drunk.
Flip Cup: This is a relay race. Teams are arranged into 4 or 5 members and positioned across from one another. Each team member stands near a table edge with a plastic party cup of alcohol. When the signal is given, the first member on each team must drink their cup empty, set it down so that it hangs over the table edge and then flip it with their fingers so that it lands upside down. The next team member can then drink. The team that finishes first wins.
Kegstand: The drinking of beer directly from a keg spout, usually with the help of other individuals who physically support the drinker.
Pre-gaming: Beginning to drink prior to a scheduled event in order to insure the participant is already under the influence of alcohol when the event begins. Pre-gaming usually occurs before an event that will be chaperoned by adults.
Quarters: A glass is placed in the center of the table. Players must bounce a quarter off of the table and land it in the glass. The player that gets it in, makes any other player down a drink.
Shotgun: The act of drinking beer by piercing the side of the can with a sharp instrument, lifting the can to the mouth, and then pulling the opening tab on the top of the can. The beer is quickly expelled into the mouth of the drinker.
1. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. NIAA Newsletter; Publication No. 04-5346. Office of Research Translation and Communications. Bethesda, MD: February, 2004.