• Shotgun Drinking Game

Shotgun Drinking Game

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Shotgunning beers is a tried and true American method for getting drunk as quickly as possible. Grab something to puncture the beer with, pop the top, and chug!



Shotgunning beers is best done with friends. Doing it by yourself just feels... wrong. So rally the troops together (apply as much peer pressure as necessary), grab a knife or a key, and puncture the beers near the bottom (in the side of the can). One last pro tip: Take the beers out of the fridge an hour before you plan on chuggin them, unless you're prepared to freeze as the delicious alcohol nectar spills its way down the back of your throat.


Chances are most people who catch you shotgunning a beer out of the corner of their eye will think you're pretty cool. While it's not exactly the hardest thing to do, it's definitely not for the feint of heart. When puncturing your can, typically the pointy end of a house key works just fine if downward pressure is applied towards the bottom outer-edge of a beer can. Once the hole is formed, holding the can upright will require you to make sure that no liquid spills out of that newly formed hole.

* The bigger the hole, the faster alcohol spills out while shotgunning = the more savage you are.

Assuming you were able to rally a few friends to shotgun with you, have someone not participating count you down so that you all can race to kill the drinks fastest (establishing who the patriarch is was always important back in my fraternity days). Anyways, When the countdown (3-2-1-GO) reached "GO!", pull the tab from the top of the can and angle your beers vertical, so that the area you punctured the can is now at the bottom, and place your mouth over it as quickly as possible, so as not to spill any alcohol on the floor.

Winner is whoever finished their beer in its entirety, meaning they proceeded to rotate their beer can an extra 30 degrees or so to ensure they squeeze every last drop out of the remaining bottom corner of the can.

Shotyme Shots

I was a bit reckless towards the end of my college career... well, reckless by some standards (I know this won't impress all of you savages). One of our preferred methods of getting a few drinks in us before going out included what we coined "Shotyme Shots", where we would rip a shot of liquor immediately before proceeding to shotgun the beer. The first one was usually pure shit, but from there on it was glorious... err yeah, I forgot to mention that we did 3 to 4 before heading out (having a high tolerance isn't always convenient).

How to Shotgun a Beer

So to recap, shotgunning a beer I pretty much a two-step process:

  1. Hold the can sideways & puncture a hole near the bottom (facing up so that it doesn't spill).
  2. When ready to drink, press the hole to your lips, rotate the can of beer vertical, pop the top, and drink!

As always, please remember to drink responsibly! This alcohol drinking game is not meant to lead to you becoming sick due to over-consumption of alcohol. Need a ride? Download Uber or Lyft & get $5 off your first safe, sober ride. If you enjoyed it, please leave feedback in the comments & let us know how we can make it better!


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