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Are you thinking about drinking games for summer parties?

We get it, drinking games sound like a blast. Who wouldn’t want to show off their beer pong skills or try their luck at flip cup? But before you grab that solo cup, let’s talk about some harm-reduction strategies to keep you and your friends safe while still having fun.

First off, it’s important to remember that it’s not about what you’re drinking, but how much you’re drinking. Downing drinks too quickly can lead to some not-so-fun consequences, like a gnarly hangover or even alcohol poisoning. And trust us, spending the night hugging the porcelain throne is not a good time.

So what exactly is binge drinking? According to the experts, it’s consuming four or more standard drinks for women and five or more for men in under two hours. One standard drink equals:

  • 🍺 341 ml (12 oz) of 5% beer

  • 🍷 142 ml (5 oz) of 12% wine

  • 🥃 43 ml (1.5 oz) of 40% spirits

Keep track of how much you’re drinking, and give your body the time it needs to process the alcohol.

Now, we’re not saying you have to skip the games altogether. However, consider taking breaks and sipping on some water in between rounds. And if you’re feeling uncomfortable or like you’ve had enough, it’s okay to bow out. Your health and safety are more important than a game.

If you’re looking for some fun alternatives to drinking games with alcohol, there are plenty of options that don’t involve alcohol at all!

Here are some ideas:

1. Board Games

There are a ton of great board games out there that can be just as fun as drinking games, without the alcohol. From classic games like Monopoly and Scrabble to newer games like Settlers of Catan and Cards Against Humanity, there’s always something for everyone.

2. Video Games

If you’re into gaming, grab some friends and play some multiplayer games together. From sports games like FIFA and NBA 2K to party games like Mario Party and Just Dance, there are tons of options.

3. Outdoor Activities

Get outside and enjoy some fresh air with activities like frisbee, volleyball, or even a nature hike. If you’re feeling adventurous, try something like rock climbing or kayaking.

4. Trivia Night

Host a trivia night with your friends and test your knowledge on a variety of topics. You can find trivia questions online or create your own.

5. DIY Crafts

Get creative and make something together! Whether it’s painting, knitting, or DIY home decor, there are plenty of crafty projects to tackle.

Remember, the key to having fun is being with your friends and enjoying each other’s company. You don’t need alcohol to have a good time!

We know you might have questions or want to share your own experiences, so hit us up! We’re always here to help and provide some party-approved tips. 🎉🥳