Global drinking games

2012-04-30 10:21
Drinking is the ritualistic and phiscal act of bonding relationships. Who are we kidding? When we play drinking games, we are basically looking for a way to pass the time so that we can get plastered and trashed as quickly and with as much fun as possible! Although there are many of millions out there, we rounded up a few games from around the world that people play when we all get that universal urge to let loose.

Austria (Germany and Switzerland) - Kaustenlauf

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Rules:

This is a simple game. A team of thirsty Germans set out on a race of between 5 to 12 Kms against other equally as thirsty Germans while carrying a crate of beer. The first team to cross the finish line with all beer in their bellies wins!

Drink:

Good old fashioned German Beer! Try Barenbrau or Bosch.

UK - Centurion

Rules:

There are many variations of Centurion across the UK and USA. The basic rule to this game is however merely to set up a clock and take a shot every minute until you have drank up to 3 litres of booze. Classy.

Drink:

Because you don't want to die while playing this, it is probably a good idea to stick to cider or beer. So forget the Famous Grouse and ask "Where's my Guinness"!

China - Finger Guessing (Hua Quan)

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Rules:

Two players face each other and extend a selection of fingers on one hand. Think Rock, Paper Scissors rather than flipping the bird... As they extend their appendages, they shout out a number between one and ten. If a player guesses the total amount of fingers extended correctly, they win! The loser merely extends his arm to take a drink...

Drink:

Baiju is a grain based spirit that is 40 - 60 percent alcohol. Planning a trip to China? Better start practicing your maths!

Mexico - Tomo Toda

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Rules:

The Mexicans leave their level of drunkenness up to fate and luck. In Tomo Toda players sit around an empty container. They then spin a six sided top which is labelled with ‘give one', ‘give two', ‘give all' or ‘drink one', ‘drink two' or ‘drink all'. Depending on where the top lands, you might contribute to the cup, or drink everything inside!

Drink:

One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila - say it with me- floor!

Japan - Ping Pong Pang

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Rules:

This quick thinking Japanese game revolves around the three words ‘Ping', ‘Pong' and ‘Pang'. Player one says ‘Ping', the player to his/her left must immediately say ‘Pong' before the person to their left must finally say ‘Pang' while pointing to someone else in the circle who starts the chain again. As the tempo picks up so do the tongue twisting mistakes. The Pong who makes the mistake drinks!

Drink:

Shocu is made from rice, sweet potatoes and sugar cane. With 20 - 40 percent alcohol, the emphasis should probably be on the ‘Shoc' and not the sweet.

Russia - Tiger is coming

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Rules:

In Russia they single out the cheap drunk. This person is the game leader and only drinks every other round. He sets up a shot glass for all the other players and whenever he yells "The Tiger is coming" throughout the night, everyone ducks under the table takes the shot and comes back up when the lightweight announces "The Tiger has gone". The game ends when no one comes back up...

Drink:

W-odka, wot else?

Latin America - Dudo (Or Perudo)

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Rules:

Famously seen in Pirates of the Caribbean movie series, Dudo (like so many other drunken games) is about bluffing. Pick up a cup, put 5 dice inside, roll them inside and then put them on the table. Players then go around announcing what their numbers are, until someone calls the bluff. The bluffer then drinks!

Drink:

Pisco is a colourless grape brandy. It sounds and tastes disgusting, but with up to 40 percent alcohol it packs the necessary punch.

South Africa - Springbokkies 

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Rules:

Whenever drinking or ordering a Springbokkie shot, there is a ritual amongst devout South African boozers. This involves placing both hands behind the back, stomping the feet alternately, snorting through the nostrils, squealing, picking up the Springbok shot glass with your front teeth, and sculling the drink without spilling a drop or using your hands. If you forget? You might find yourself dealing with the less appealing and often brandy based ‘straf dop'.

Drink:

The Green and Gold is made from 1 part Peppermint liqueur like Bailey's, and one part AmarulaCream.

Bonus!

So just in case you aren't on the floor just yet we thought we would throw in two bonus games.

Who am I

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In Who am I, each player writes the name of a well known person (to the group of players at least) on a piece of paper. These are then thrown into a hat. Everyone then draws a name from the hat and sticks it on their forehead without looking. Each player then takes a turn and asks a question about the person, for every incorrect guess made, you take a shot.

Drinking 30 Seconds

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30 Seconds needs no introduction. One player on a team draws a card, and explains to the others in his team who, what or where is on his card. The more answers you get in less than 30 seconds the more you progress on the board. Already a lot of fun, and a bit difficult, add on booze and it becomes that much harder, but that much more hilarious!

The good news? You don't need to go to these places to play these games. You can try them out in your back yard or secret bar. The bad news? Alcohol abuse is never cool, so dice, guess and drink like there is a tomorrow, or a day after at the very least.

Cheers!

 

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