Debate Drinking Games Inspire ... Debate

Is drinking during the presidential debates harmless fun or dangerous behavior?
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2012 1:20 PM CDT
Debate drinking games: Good idea or bad idea?   (shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you're hungover from last night's debate, pop a couple Asprin before reading this story. Debate drinking games are all the rage, and NPR takes a lighthearted look at the, erm, debate over the trend. There are myriad websites (like this and this) where you can find lists of rules for such games, like taking a shot any time Big Bird or binders enter the conversation.

But some health experts worry that such games are an excuse to get drunk—and "watching a presidential debate while intoxicated is not a good plan for informing oneself about issues that affect our lives," one professor intones. Others disagree. "If you're playing a drinking game during the debates, that means you're watching it with friends," says foodie Sarah Lohman, who's done a podcast on drinking games. "You're paying close attention, and you're probably going to talk about what they said afterwards. To me, there's nothing negative about that."

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