State of the Union: Five drinking games to get you through it

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Barack Obama.
With Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in Washington last week and with the president scheduled to be in Denver this Thursday, we're in a political mindset. And as anyone who's seen the recent GOP debates can attest, political spectating often drives one to drink. In that spirit, here are five drinking games to play when watching the ninety-minute State of the Union preempt your favorite TV shows.

1. Drink like a Quaker
This game was created by the students at the Daily Pennsylvanian and is the simplest on the list: Only nine keywords. While some of the rules are University of Pennsylvania specific, it's probably for the best that your chances to drink are reduced.

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2. Drink to the point
For those who just want a straightforward game that will get you drunk enough to actually start believing all the political idealism you're going to hear, this one's for you. Created by the people at the aptly named State of the Union Drinking Game, this game follows the basic "when someone says/does [fill in the blank], take a drink" formula. The rules for this game are the most realistic of the bunch, so stick to this one if you want to be able to make it to work Wednesday morning.

3. Drink like the complex person you are
This game, from drinkinggame.us, takes the above formula and turns it on its head, changing up the amount of drinks, type of drinks and how to drink for every one of its 48 keywords. This game is for those who like to keep it lively and are really in it more for the drinks than for the speech.

4. Drink like a yuppie
For those who like their drinking games with a bit of theatrical flare, the editors over at Esquire have got just the game for you. With four different categories of keywords, including one that will have you taking shots every other sentence, this is sure to make every player's night interesting.

5. Drink like a winner
Our final game is for those who like a competitive edge, or have that party pooper friend who won't join in the game. The political gurus over at MSNBC mixed traditional drinking game rules ("take a shot") with exercise tradeoffs to either work off the inevitable beer belly or just avoid it all together. For example, "When the chamber breaks into applause, drink (or do sit-ups) for the duration of the clapping. This way, you'll be able to share in the audience's apparent joy without having to endure some seriously chapped, calloused hands." Not every rule has an exercise alternative but this game is a good option for those who want to get the whole gang involved, or just want to wake up before 3 p.m the day after.

So find a designated driver, head over to the local liquor barn, grab your favorite poison and start playing. But remember to take equivalent drinks of water while you play, so the hangover will subside by the time the President lands here on Thursday.

More from our Politics archive: "Barack Obama Afghanistan speech drinking game: The revenge of Rush Limbaugh."



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Tim
Tim

Check out Battleshots! It's based on Battleship, fun as hell and easy to get girls to play! www.battleshots.com it is one of the best drinking games ever!

GetReal
GetReal

There is nothing, including politics, worth exposing yourself to toxins over.  The next day, nothing has changed, but the way you feel...now you are still upset AND hungover.  All you have done is to make yourself feel worse.

Get a clue and try a better substance...one that doesn't make you sick the next day.  Typically, cannabis causes me to forget what I was upset over and then I wake feeling refreshed and ready to take on another day, unlike alcohol which causes me to loose the next day to sickness.

No, not everyone binge drinks, but if you do, as this article implies, you would be better off sucking from a bong rather than from a bottle.  Stop poisoning yourself.

Jboo
Jboo

Stop poisoning yourself, smoke weed. Aren't you just adorable?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for your sober response, GetReal. Much appreciated.

GetReal
GetReal

The author of this article is suggesting that the best way to get through the Sate of the Union is via substance abuse. 

She goes on to suggest that alcohol is the substance of choice and even further describes ways to abuse the substance.  In that context, I am suggesting that there is another substance that can be substituted that won't make one sick as a result.  My post is nothing more than a rebuttal in that context of substance abuse as a means of dealing with issues such as politics. 

If you are suggesting abstince of either is a better chice, I whole hartelly agree, but that's not the context of this artical.  This article is promoting substance abuse as the best way to deal with the issue of politics.

GetReal
GetReal

You are welcome.  Now stop convincing people that poising one's self is a good way to deal with issues.

ArticleIsSpelledLikeThis
ArticleIsSpelledLikeThis

"Sate of the Union"? "a better chice"? "whole hartelly"?

Really: pot, booze, whatever. To each their own. But if you're going to post something rejecting alcohol, don't type like you're drunk.

Lori
Lori

What gets me are all the people walking around feeling superior that they are "drug free".  Those same people can't seem to get through the day without coffee (caffeine) and other drugs that apparently don't count...many of which are addictive (like caffeine) and legal.  Because they get their drugs from the pharmacy form their doctor's prescription I guess that doesn't count either.  I know lots of drug addicts that rely on their doctors and the pharmacy, but they are still addicts even though the drugs are being used in a positive way to treat their symptoms.

As far as I am concerned if I have a headache, I'm going to rely on aspirin.  For muscle aches, I look to Aleve or Ibuprofen.  I rely on coffee to get me going in the morning, and cannabis to help me sleep. When I go to parties, I like to have a drink or two.

 Like the rest or most of the rest of society, I too am a substance abuser.  Tell me who isn't.

GetReal
GetReal

Sorry, I could have worded that better...where's the "edit" option? 

It's just that articles like this is the reason that the majority still think that alcohol is fun and the party favor of choice, when in fact it kills people daily.  My point is if one chooses substance abuse as a way to deal with issues, alcohol is not the best choice, in fact it should be near the bottom of the list or better yet, not on the list at all.

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