The Twenty Questions: A Drinking Game

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Some friends and I accidentally invented a drinking game from the famous Twenty Questions. The Questions are one of the tools used in Alcoholics Anonymous to help people recognize that they have a problem.

So that puts the game in pretty bad taste. Everyone replaces the word drink with something else. You work around down the questions, and you take a drink every time the answer is No.

Please do not play this game with any alcoholics. I know diagnostics shouldn't be ironic, but if you play with the word drink, and you come out sober, please consider that you may have a problem. Actually no matter what word you play with, sobriety is diagnostic. Also diagnostic: if you play with something that you never do so you can get drunk. Also diagnostic: wanting to play this game. Here are the Twenty Questions, with the word drink ad-libbed out:[1]

  1. Do you lose time from work due to your _____ing?
  2. Is _____ing making your home life unhappy?
  3. Do you _____ because you are shy with other people?
  4. Is _____ing affecting your reputation?
  5. Have you ever felt remorse after _____ing?
  6. Have you gotten into financial dificulties as a result of your _____ing?
  7. Do you turn to lower companions and an inferior environment when _____ing?
  8. Does your _____ing make you careless of your family's welfare?
  9. Has your ambition decreased since _____ing?
  10. Do you crave a _____ at a definite time daily?
  11. Do you want a _____ the next morning?
  12. Does _____ing cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
  13. Has your efficiency decreased since _____ing?
  14. Is _____ing jeopardizing your job or business?
  15. Do you _____ to escape from worries or troubles?
  16. Do you _____ alone?
  17. Have you ever had a complete loss of memory as a result of your _____ing?
  18. Has your physician ever treated you for _____ing?
  19. Do you _____ to build up your self-confidence?
  20. Have you ever been in a hospital or institution on account of _____ing?

For your edification, the questions were developed in the 1930s, but they aren't used clinically anymore. They've been replaced by a bunch of acronymous questionnaires.[2]