"He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."-- U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section III

"Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States..."

The general rules of this game are no different from any other drinking game. A drink is either a shot or a good gulp from a beer (or cider). Different events call for different numbers of drinks and all you do is watch the speech and play along. If all goes well, you'll be unconscious by the time they show the other party's response.

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This year, President Obama's State of the Union address is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 9pm (Eastern). It should be broadcast on all major networks and cable news/political networks. For online coverage, go to wh.gov/sotu.


# of Drinks

Every time he says....

General Blather

"The state of our union is strong" (or some version of this)



1 wishful wistful shot

"hopeful audacity of yes we can change"
sip of unicorn wine
hopey-changey 1 wishy-washy shot


"let me be clear"


"make no mistake"


"Affordable Care Act"

Each individual is mandated to take 1 drink

Foreign Policy


1, that everyone else in the room needs to inspect before you drink

North Korea
1 shot; loudly proclaim that you chugged a handle of whatever you're drinking
Syria 1 repressive shot
ISIS, ISIL, IS, Islamic State, terrifying terrorist m*****f***ers (you get the idea) 1 shot you take after walking over to a part of the room you haven't previously been in.
Davos1 if referring to Switzerland;
2 if referring to Seaworth
+1 if he goes with W's "nukular"

Domestic Policy

health care

shot of NyQuil
just kidding - you'd be out for the rest of the week

"childhood education"

juice box

"fair share"

take a "fair share" of your neighbor's drink

student debt

borrow a shot from a friend, promise you'll really pay it back this time (recognize that your heirs will be responsible for paying back this shot)


finish your drink; borrow the drink of the person next to you and drink it too

half a shot

+1 if you've been unemployed in the last year
+2 if you're unemployed today (we've been there)

Natty Light
"middle class"
Rolling Rock
"wealthiest Americans"
(it's got actual gold flakes)
1 decrepit, collapsing shot
Keystone XL Pipeline
We'd tell you to drink some Keystone Light, but nobody should have to do that.
"common sense regulations"

"Don't mess with Texas!" (Sure it's a non-sequitur, but why break tradition?)

Exchange confused glances, drink freely

Healthcare __
1 of something with tonic
Immigration __
1 of something imported
Education __
1 of whatever you drank in college
Banking __
1 of something from Banker's Club
Tax __
1 of something complicated
__ Judaism
1 of Manichewitz... or He'Brew

Every time he....

references any of the 2016 presidential candidates

1 (make sure it's yuuuuge if he's talking about Trump)

takes a victory lap over some purported accomplishment

1 if it's a figurative lap
3 if he literally runs around the Capitol

refers to the minimum wage increase

very small shot, then slightly larger shot

refers to a tax increase as "asking" some to pay more
criticizes Congress


uses an anecdote to defend a policy
makes a joke
If you only know it's a joke because Obama laughed at it himself
Mentions a country that you can't find on a globe1 of something 'murican!
Talks about striking a balance between privacy and security1
Mentions a world leader1
bonus +1 if you can drink something from that leader's country

Every time the camera shows....

the First Lady


Joe Biden, and he looks like he wants to interrupt the speech 1

your congressional representative

and pat yourself on the back for being able to identify your representative

a close-up on Speaker Paul Ryan


a "special guest" who is introduced by the President


a "special guest" who is a member of the armed forces

a standing ovation from HALF of Congress



if he ends the speech...
(a) with an a cappella rendition of My Way
(b) by dropping the mic and declaring, "Barack out!"

(a) something befitting the Chairman
(b) whatever Drake's drinking right now

if the speech is under an hour

Finish your drink and have another beer


makes a Yosemite Sam gesture while talking about guns

1 and "pew pew!"

wasteful spending


"hiking the Appalachian"

*giggle* 1 shot that isn't your main drink


Reactions from those who've played in the past:
"Oh, God. I wouldn't remember a lot of last night had I not been online, too. And had "friends" print out a transcript. I couldn't feel my face...that was the most hilarious thing I've ever seen."
"[This game] is a danger... holy s**t. 5 beers in a half hour and I'm *behind*. BEHIND....Damn you!...*shakes fist*
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