Drinking games are great for those who want to have fun, but there’s another benefit they offer those who can’t.
Games can help those who have trouble controlling themselves and can also help those recovering from alcohol use disorder, said Dr. Daniel Bowers, an addiction medicine specialist at Johns Hopkins University.
“When you play these games, you’re not doing anything that’s harmful,” he said.
“There’s not even any negative consequences.”
A number of games can be played in the comfort of your own home, Bowers said.
These include games like Tetris, Mario Bros. and the Donkey Kong Country series, which are often played in a safe environment.
Other games include Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies, among others.
Bowers has even worked with an elderly patient who played a game called ‘Drunken Chess,’ which he described as a game where he could play against himself.
“She said, ‘I don’t think I can handle this,'” Bowers recalled.
“So, she got up and played a couple of games.
That’s a pretty good start.
It’s just the first game, but she got some confidence going and was really enjoying herself.”
Games that focus on controlling your body can also be useful for those trying to quit drinking, Bower said.
You can learn to stop drinking alcohol without being physically dependent on it, he said, and you can also learn to manage your alcohol intake.
“There are so many things that you can learn, you know, how to stay healthy and how to make good choices and you just need to do that,” Bowers explained.
The games can also provide relief for people who are trying to cope with chronic pain and other physical problems.
For example, Benders said, you can use these games to focus on self-care and help yourself with exercise.
Drinking games can teach people how to manage their emotions, Biers said.
They can help people learn how to cope in stressful situations and help them understand how their own emotions are affecting their own behavior.
For instance, if you’re feeling angry at your family, Bier said, it might be helpful to play the Angry Birds game.
“The game teaches you how to recognize and acknowledge that anger and what it feels like,” he explained.
“That’s the way to get over it.”
Drinking Games can be helpful for people struggling with chronic alcohol use disorders, but not everyone will find them to be beneficial.
Biers emphasized that games should be played with friends, not against them.
“It’s about helping you to be with your friends,” he added.
“You don’t have to go against someone.
If you feel like you need some help with this, that’s okay, too.”
Dr. James Knecht, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado, said that the best time to play drinking games with someone is in the home, where they can be used for socialization and relaxation.
“These games can go on for a few hours and then go away,” Knepert said.
But he also said it’s important to be cautious.
“If you have any concerns, you should go to a health care professional and see what’s going on with your patient,” he advised.
“You can have games with friends and have a good time, but then you have to be careful to make sure that it doesn’t turn into a fight.
And, you also have to recognize that this is a behavior that needs to be controlled and addressed.”