Power Hour - A One Hour Compounding Black-Out of Binge Drinking

Drinking games (DGs) are a fixture of the college social scene with 50 to 62% of students reported having played DGs in the past ...". So you can see, kids have been ripping power hours for their 21st birthday for ages. The only difference now is that those same college kids are trending on social media for their epic drinking escapades. But that's besides the point.

The Power Hour used to be a total pro move. In this case, the pro is for probably, not professional. As in, probably going to get you absolutely black-out drunk. As in, you should probably stay home and not leave the house/apartment/dorm room.

What are the rules of power hour?

The simplest way to describe the power hour is that you take one shot of beer on the minute, every minute, for one hour. That equates to 60 shots of beer. That's par for the course for Wade Boggs.

And that's it. There are no other rules to the standard power hour. There are suggestions on how to conduct one, but no other standard rules.

How to run a Power Hour

  1. Check your beer supply. You are going to want enough beer to accommodate 7.5 beers per participant.
  2. Get 1 shot glass per player
  3. Get a Watch or Use the Timer Function on your Smartphone to loop in 1 minute increments. Or, just call out DRINK every time it passes the next minute.

That said, you could make a playlist worth of 1 minute songs drink during the song change. It's ok to use your smartphone for playing the songs. But to be fair, we'd recommend a bluetooth sound bar or, most preferably, a boombox.

There is even a musical artist, Ali Spagnola, who wrote an entire album dedicated to the almighty power hour. The album is comprised of 60 one-minute songs that are all about drinking, songs like Jesus Loves Power Hours, This Frat Sucks, Bar Fight, and This Song Drunk.

Themed Power Hours

Should you need inspiration to pull off a rock power hour, you need only turn to Barney Stinson's Get Psyched Mix CD from the hit show, "How I Met Your Mother". Barney feathers in layers of hair metal from start to finish. Hard not to get up for an hour of drinking to the likes of Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, and Van Halen.

What is the Centurion?

The Centurion is a next level power hour. It adds 40 more minutes to the total time, raising the power hour to 100 minutes even. For those keeping score at home, that's another 60 ounces. Or, 5 more beers.

Completing a Centurion results in you drinking over 12 beers. This will cause most everyone to checkout for the rest of the night. Do not leave the house if you are going to attempt a Centurion.

This is the level that Andre the Giant drinks at.

How many beers are in a power hour?

A standard shot is equal to 1.5 ounces. Or, approximately 44 mls, if you're into the metric system, or, you're running a power hour in Europe.

A standard beer is equal to 12 ounces. Or, approximately 355 mls.

Per the power hour rules of one shot per minute, that would mean you would consume 90 ounces of beer in one hour. This works out to be 7.5 beers consumed in one single power hour session.

For many, many people, that is a heroic amount of beer to consume.

How do you survive a power hour? Why is a power hour so dangerous?

A power hour is dangerous because of the sheer volume of alcohol you consume in a short period of time. It is, by the very definition, binge drinking. This is not the same as casually sipping on 7.5 beers over the course of a three and a half hour Red Sox / Yankees game., no, a power hour hits you like a left hook from Iron Mike Tyson.

Your ability to metabolize alcohol will determine how well you can survive a power hour. Other factors include:

Disclaimer: party at your own risk. You should know your own limits. If the rules described above sound too ambitious, don't play the power hour drinking game.