The Police

You probably know the song Roxanne by The Police. Released as a single in 1978, its probably the band's best-known song aside from Every Breath You Take, the stalker anthem that countless people have since mistaken for an appropriate wedding song.

Roxanne is also the name of a drinking game that's been popular at house parties for quite some time now. You don't need any cards, dice, or anything like that to play the Roxanne drinking game - all you need is a drink in your hand and the song queued up.

Here's how to play the Roxanne drinking game - be careful, though, because this is a hard-drinking game with a Sting in its tail! (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

How to Play the Roxanne Drinking Game

  1. First, divide everyone in the room into two teams. (Don't worry about making sure the teams are the same size - it doesn't really matter.) Most people put all the women in one team and all the men in the other, but you can do it a different way if you prefer.

  2. Play the song Roxanne by The Police. It doesn't matter how you play it - use Spotify, YouTube, the CD if you've got it, whatever - but it needs to be loud enough for everyone to hear it.

  3. Every time the word "Roxanne" is sung, one team (usually the girls) must take a drink.

  4. Every time the words "put on the red light" are heard, the other team (usually the boys) must take a drink.

  5. This continues until the song is over and everyone is nice and drunk.

DRINK RESPONSIBLY! Occasionally, some bright spark will decide that it's a good idea to play both sides of this game at once, drinking on both "Roxanne" and "put on the red light". This is NOT RECOMMENDED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM as you will basically be drinking non-stop for about three minutes.

To give you an idea of how much you'll end up drinking when you play this game, here are the lyrics to Roxanne in full (hat-tip to genius.com):

Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light
Those days are over
You don't have to sell your body to the night
Roxanne, you don't have to wear that dress tonight
Walk the streets for money
You don't care if it's wrong or if it's right

Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light
Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light

(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
Oh

I loved you since I knew ya
I wouldn't talk down to ya
I have to tell you just how I feel
I won't share you with another boy
I know my mind is made up
So put away your make up
Told you once I won't tell you again it's a bad way

Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light
Roxanne, you don't have to put on the red light

(Roxanne) You don't have to put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) You don't have to put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light
(Roxanne) Put on the red light

Enjoy!

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Sure, watching a movie is fun, but have you ever considered that movie drinking games might be more fun? Combine the best of both worlds and have a movie marathon while also hosting pre-drinks. So, grab the beer, grab the pillows and get ready to watch your favourite films in a way you’ve never seen them before.

The Hangover

For a night of movie drinking games, there’s no better film to start with. Hilarious and light hearted, playing the movie drinking game with the Hangover is a surefire way to get everyone in the party mood.

Rules

Drink when:

  • Stu mentions/touches his missing tooth
  • Alan copies what Phil is doing
  • You see the new Vegas landmark
  • Someone gets hurt
  • Neon lights are in view

 

The Lord of The Rings

The Lord of the Rings is on a slightly different note to the hangover, but now you’ve got the laughing out of the way, it’s time to take a trip to middle earth. Remember, this film is almost 3 hours long – so there’s plenty of time to get perfectly merry.

Rules

Drink when:

  • Frodo says ‘Sam’ at any point
  • You see the ring close up
  • Anyone says ‘precious’
  • Anyone speaks anything that is not English
  • You see the eye of Sauron

 

The Wolf of Wall Street

If you remember how many intoxicating substances are used in The Wolf of Wall street, we’re sure you’ll agree that this is a perfect film to play the movie drinking game with. However, try to not end up like Jordan trying to get into his car by the end of the film…

Rules

Drink when:

  • You see anyone naked
  • Anyone snorts something
  • Someone says the F word
  • You laugh

 

The Great Gatsby

If you read the great Gatsby in GCSE English, this is a great method of forgetting you ever resented it. The Great Gatsby is a film of incredible wonder, beauty and heartache. You’re sure to need a drink by the end anyway to drown your sorrow  – we’re just helping you get there quicker with the movie drinking game.

Rules

Drink when:

  • A new 21st Century song is played
  • Daisy makes things worse
  • Lana Del Rey plays
  • You see the T. J. Eckleberg sign (the spooky eyes)

 

Die Hard

It’s time to end on a true classic. Die Hard is perhaps a film you have seen far too many times already, but it’s still great every time, isn’t it? Get ready to see it like you’ve never seen it before, with the grand finale movie drinking game. (That’s if, after the first four films, you can still see)

Rules

Drink when:

  • Anyone is killed or injured
  • There is an explosion
  • John talks to himself
  • A walkie-talkie is used
  • You are reminded that it is Christmas

 

And there you have it: our guide to the best night in, being merry and playing movie drinking games. We have, however, worked it out, and altogether these films would take around 11 hours to watch in a row – so, I guess you better get started!

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Jenga Drinking Game

Jenga is a deceptively straightforward game that rewards a steady hand and nerves of steel. Players take it in turns to remove one wooden brick at a time from a tower that, to begin with, is stacked 18 bricks tall and 3 bricks wide; once a brick has been removed, it must then be placed on top of the tower, meaning that the structure gradually gets taller and less architecturally sound as the game wears on.

Play continues until someone knocks the tower over, at which point the culprit is eliminated from the game. The remaining players then rebuild the tower and start over until only one person remains.

As anyone who's ever played Jenga will tell you, this simple tabletop game frequently becomes as tense as a round of Russian roulette (and the longer the tower stays standing, the tenser things get). Throwing alcohol into the mix may help to calm your nerves, although a round of the Jenga drinking game tends not to last anywhere near as long as the regular, sober version. Jenga requires precision and steadiness, and booze isn't exactly known for sharpening either of these attributes!

That being said, the Jenga drinking game is still a tonne of clumsy, clattering fun - here are the rules in case you fancy getting the blocks out at your next party...

 

Jenga Drinking Game - Rules of Play

You will need:

  • 1 x standard Jenga set (consisting of 54 rectangular wooden blocks)
  • At least 2 players (this version of the game works best with 3-4 people, but more can play if you want)
  • A steady supply of your favourite alcoholic beverage!

Got all that? Great - now let's play!

  • Start by building the Jenga tower. Place 3 bricks in a row with the long sides touching; then place another 3 bricks on top. Your second layer should be placed at a 90-degree angle to your first layer. Continue placing layer upon layer, alternating direction so that no two consecutive layers are facing in the same direction. You should end up with a tower that looks like this:

Jenga blocks

Image source: college.library on flickr

  • Pour everyone a drink. (Please drink responsibly - know your limits and stop when you feel you've had enough. Visit drinkaware.com for more information.)

  • Starting with the clumsiest person at the table - or the youngest player if you can't agree on who's the clumsiest - players take it in turns to remove a single block from the tower (the top 3 layers are off-limits!) and place it on top. When placing blocks on top of the tower, be sure to continue alternating brick direction from one layer to the next.
  • After you have successfully removed a brick from the Jenga tower, you may nominate another player to take a sip of their drink.

  • Play continues clockwise around the table until the tower topples over. When that happens, the players whose turn it was must immediately finish their drink.

  • When one round is over, simply rebuild the tower and start again! You don't have to eliminate the loser if they're keen to continue playing.

 

Optional Rules / Variants

There are lots of different ways to play Jenga, so if you want to make the Jenga drinking game a little more challenging, try adding some or all of the following rules:

  • On your turn, you MUST take the first brick you touch, even if you immediately realise that you've made a huge mistake. Alternatively, you may change your mind...but you must take a sip as payment for your mulligan.

  • Before the game begins, write a dare / forfeit on some or all of the bricks. (Don't write on Jenga bricks that don't belong to you!) When a player removes a brick from the tower, they must perform the forfeit written on that brick, if any. Example forfeits might include taking off an item of clothing or answering embarrassing questions from the other players. (You may wish to add an extra rule that allows people to swap these dares for a drinking penalty if they don't want to do them.)

  • Time limits! When it's another players turn, everyone else counts down from 10, out loud, in unison ("Ten! Nine! Eight!..."). If the countdown reaches zero during your turn, you must finish your drink and refill before finishing your move. Alternatively, if there are only two of you, you could incorporate a chess clock into your game like these two guys:


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We’re sure there has been a moment in your life when you and your partner have longed to do more than just sip wine and eat cheese like civilised adults. Before this moment, you may have also thought drinking games were purely to be played with a large group of friends - but you would be mistaken! There are actually multiple fun drinking games for couples and so, we’ve put together a list of our favourites and broken down how you can play each one.

Here’s a few you can play with just you and your loved one:

 

Snapshot 



Snapshot is an ideal drinking game for couples as the traditional version (snap) is played with just two players. Snapshot is the all-grown-up version of snap, with the welcomed addition of alcohol! We’re sure you can probably guess how this is played, but here are the rules for your reference:

  • Split the deck between you and your love with the cards facing down.
  • Taking it in turns, each player should take a card from their set ensuring that neither player can see the card until it is on top of the pack. At the last moment, the card must then be turned over.
  • When two cards of the same value are displayed the first person to shout ‘snap!’ and place their hand on top of the pack wins all the cards on the table. With this adult edition, the loser of each round must take a shot.
  • When an incorrect snap is made, that person must take a shot too. Try to keep your nerve!
  • At the end of the game, the loser of the entire game must take two shots and remove an article of clothing. (Sounds interesting now, huh?)

  • Russian Roulette 

For this less alarming take on a truly terrifying game, no revolvers are needed – just a rather large shot of vodka. This is another great drinking game for couples because the intensity is at its highest when the chances of receiving the shot are 50/50.

Here’s how you play:

  • Fill as many shot glasses as you like with water (or a similarly clear liquid) and one with vodka.
  • Take it in turns to shuffle the glasses while the other player closes their eyes. This is to ensure there is not even a whiff of cheating.
  • Each player then takes it in turns to drink the shot in front of them, moving the shots one place to the left after they have taken their turn.
  • When the unfortunate souls gets the shot, they also have to perform a dare – doubly cruel, we know.


Fast Questions Drinking Game


The Fast Questions drinking game can be hilarious when played as a couple, as you both know exactly how to push each other’s buttons. If you’re playing with shots, we would recommend laying a few out in front of you before starting the game as we’re sure you’ll be drinking quite a few!

How to play:

  • Each player must take it in turns to be the question master and must ask the other player yes or no questions.
  • The half of the couple who is answering the questions HAS to answer within 2 to 4 seconds with a yes or no.
  • If there is a hesitation or anything other than yes or no is said, then the player has to take a shot.
  • Any laughing or hesitation constitutes taking a shot too.
  • If a question is repeated the questioner must take a drink instead. It has to be fair!

Flip, Sip or Strip 


The stripping aspect of this game is what makes it one of the best drinking game for couples. Who else would you want to get drunk and partially naked with? This game is super easy and fun to play too, making it a definite contender for any intimate night in.

How to play:

  • Flip a coin and have your partner guess the result.
  • If they guess correctly on their first go it is their turn to flip.
  • If they do not guess correctly, you should keep flipping the coin until they get it right, or until the coin has been flipped a maximum of three times
  • If they get it right on the second try, they must answer any question you have. (This can be any burning or embarrassing question you’ve been dying to ask)
  • If your partner gets it right on the third attempt, they must take a shot.
  • If they get it wrong three times, they must take a shot and remove an article of clothing making the game all the more interesting!

 

We hope some of these games take your fancy and you and your partner have an intimate (and competitive) night in. It goes without saying, but make sure you drink responsibly and don’t let your partner lose too many times!

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History of Beer Pong

While playing a particularly intense game of throwing ping pong balls into beer cups, have you ever found yourself wondering what the history of beer pong is? Your answer may be no, as your thoughts were most likely drowning in alcohol at that point, so we’re going to save you the trouble and educate you now. You can thank us later! This slightly confusing history of beer pong will provide you with some annoyingly good trivia to share with your friends, and become the group know-it-all.

The Feud

If you refer to Wikipedia for your research, you will find that Dartmouth College apparently invented beer pong somewhere between the 1950s-1960s. Controversially, Bucknell University also claims that they were the creators of the game back in the 1970s. To add more controversy, they also apparently named it ‘throw pong’.  (Is it still the same game if it has a different name? Out of beer pong and throw pong I know which one I’d prefer to play).

The Method

To tell the full history of beer pong, apparently, the game was originally played at Dartmouth with a net and paddles too, explaining the ‘pong’ part of the name. Bucknell claims that they invented the paddle-free version of the game, and thus should gain the reigning crown of beer pong originators.

The Slightly Confusing Addition

Some of you may also know ‘Beer Pong’ as ‘Beirut’. It is the same as beer pong, just weirdly named after the Lebanese capital. Why, you ask? Quite frankly, no one knows. Some say it may be to do with the Lebanese civil war in the 1980’s, but we cannot fathom for the life of us why it would be named after that. Beer pong is fun; a civil war is a distinctly not fun. But we thought you should be aware of the name change nonetheless.

To Summarise 

The history of beer pong is somewhat confusing and downright strange at times, but there you have it. Our theory is that no one can remember where or why Beer Pong originated because they were all too good at playing the game and wiped their minds of any memory with intoxication. What’s your theory? We’d love to hear about it!

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