Beyond Beer Pong: 10 International Drinking Games

Getting tired of beer pong? Then why not play a game of Ping Pong Pang?

These 10 drinking games are a fun way to start any night of partying. (Photo: flickr/wayan vota)

In the U.S., drinking games are often an important part of the college experience (for those 21 and over, of course). Here, we have a variety of drinking games to choose from: beer pong, flip cup, up the river, king’s cup... the list goes on (though unfortunately the memories of playing said games may not).

Beyond Beer Pong: 10 International Drinking Games (Slideshow)

Drinking games aren’t always a college fad we grow out of when we get that diploma we worked so hard to earn; instead, they can ride the momentum through adulthood around the world and miraculously bring people together for drinking, good laughs, and a rowdy atmosphere that gets people ready for the night ahead.

What makes drinking games so fun is that they're easy to play when you're sober, but throw beer or other alcohol into the mix, and they become more challenging. Some drinking games call for a strong memory, some call for thinking quickly on your feet, and others are just a gamble.

Drinking games are universal, though the particulars may vary from place to place. Head to Australia, and you’re likely to find yourself in a game of "goon of fortune." Go to Korea and you’ll find yourself entertained simply by trying to flick a metal piece off of a soju cap. Drinking games are great ice breakers when you're on the road and traveling solo, but they also offer an interesting taste of a country’s culture.

We don't recommend drinking to excess, at home or abroad, but wherever you find yourself and whichever game you find yourself playing, you’re sure to have a bit of fun — and perhaps a souvenir hangover to nurse come morning — with these 10 drinking games.

China: Jiuling

Juiling is a game best played with at least three people, and there is really no strategy to winning this game. On the count of three, each player sticks out his or her right hand (the left hand reminds a closed fist), holding up a whatever amount of fingers he or she chooses. Then, without looking down at their hands, each player goes around and guesses the sum of their fingers added together. The player who is closest to the actual amount wins, and everyone else drinks.

England: Fuzzy Duck

One player is nominated to start. He or she either says “fuzzy duck” or "ducky fuzz.” If the first player said “fuzzy duck” then the player on his left can either say “fuzzy duck” or "does he.” If the first player said “ducky fuzz” then the player on his right can either say “ducky fuzz” or “does he.” If the second player in either direction repeats the first player then the play passes to the next person around the table. He can say “fuzzy duck”/”ducky fuzz” following the second player, or “does he.” The phrase “does he” reverses the play around the group, i.e. Switches clockwise for anti-clockwise or vice-versa. It also has the effect of changing the phrase so “ducky fuzz” becomes “fuzzy duck” and vice-versa. Two people can say “does he” one after another; then the play carries on in the same direction as before and with the same phrase.

There are only two more rules, so stay with us: the first is that you cannot say the same phrase twice in one session. If you said “ducky fuzz” last time and the order of play means that you should say “ducky fuzz” again you must say “does he,” so reversing the direction of play and the phrase. If anyone makes any form of mistake in pronunciation or in the order of play, i.e. saying the same phrase twice, then a forfeit must be paid. Normally this consists of downing your shot in one, any mistakes in carrying out the forfeit can lead to further forfeit.

Alexandra E. Petri is the travel editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @writewayaround.

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