"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.

State of the Union Address Drinking Game | Promote Your Page Too


This year, President Obama's State of the Union address is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9pm (Eastern). It should be broadcast on all major networks and cable news/political netorks. For online coverage, go to http://series.c-span.org/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"


Foreign Policy

1 advisory shot
Somewhere between 0 and 34,000 remaining shots


<yawn> 1

P5+1 5. Plus 1
a freshly made, though still not totally clear Cuba Libre
North Korea
Sneak into your neighbors' house. Raid their file cabinet. Share whatever you find. Take a shot.
Syria 1 repressive shot
ISIS, ISIL, IS, Islamic State, terrifying terrorist m*****f***ers (you get the idea) A rapid succession of shots, drunk faster than any observers anticipated you could drink them, while also freaking out everyone around you. Be aware this might lead to your getting bombed.
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

healthcare.gov or federal exchanges1 shot of something where you don't know the cost nor can you figure out the alcohol content of what you're consuming
"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


+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)
recovery <chuckle> small 1
1 of something Chinese. Or Russian. Or from wherever the hell he is now.
Consume something that is not "more dangerous than alcohol." Use your discretion if you live outside of Colorado and Washington

"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....

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


adds a color qualifier to jobs (e.g., green jobs or blue collar jobs)
1 drink of the same color
uses an anecdote to defend a policy
1 for health care reform
2 for anything else
makes a joke
If you only know it's a joke because Obama laughed at it himself
sets a long-term objective or vision to be met after his current term is up
shot of what you'd like to be drinking in 2022 and beyond
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


the First Lady's arms

1, delivered by bicep curl

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 John Boehner

+1 if he's crying
best if drinking the most bronzed or orange beverage available

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 the speech is under an hour

Finish your drink and have another beer


"castrating hogs"

1 and squeal!

wasteful spending



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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