Study: Drinking Games May Lead to Alcohol Consumption

SAN DIEGO, Cal.  A new study by a San Diego State University professor indicates that competitive drinking games may lead to alcohol consumption, contradicting past research sponsored by breweries.

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Rigorous scientific inquiry, with control group.


“All of the prior literature we looked at predicted that drinking beer as a by-product of playing beer pong led to higher grades, increased levels of virginity and better-smelling morning breath,” according to author Nelson Wilbur.  “It was funded by breweries, and we got cool t-shirts for reading it.”

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Drinking games range from basic endurance contests, in which the last person to die from drinking shots of Jagermeister wins, to intellectual competitions in which drinkers must repeat a list of related items, such as “Sisters named Williams who are tennis players,” add to it, and take a drink if they cannot do so.

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“What school did we attend when we started?”


Prior research in the field has relied upon participants’ recollection of drinking games they may have participated in weeks or even months before.  Shannon Simmons, a sophomore at Arkansas State University, said she was surprised to learn that a bartender at an off-campus pub disputed her count of how many beers she had consumed during a New Year’s Eve round of “Name the Whig Presidents.”  “I was in college then?” she asked.  “I thought I was abducted by aliens.”

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“No, that’s your right shoulder.”


The study’s authors have been nominated for the Holmgren Prize for Applied Research, the award given annually to the scientific study that most effectively explains to laypeople what was previously obvious.

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