The typical construction of a beer bong involves a large funnel connected to tubing. Beers are stockpiled in the funnel and as the user drinks, the beer will pour down the tubing. Beer bongs often have valves to engage/disengage the flow of beer.
Drinking from a beer bong is different to drinking beer normally, or even skulling a beer (or other carbonated beverage) normally. This is because the drinker is not in control of the volume entering the mouth. In addition, the force of gravity pushes the beer into the drinker's mouth and thus 'forces' the beer down. It is for this reason the beer bong often engages the gag reflex.
The beer bong is either 'hit' or 'chugged'. A hit from the beer bong is when a valve is used and one drinks as much beer as they can before turning off the valve. Chugging is where a whole or multiple amount of beers are consumed in one use. A popular technique is to 'open' the esophagus and simply allow the beer to flow down. This takes practice and may cause pain in trying it for the first time.
In popular culture
- In 2006, U.S. Senator John Kerry was photographed being offered a beer bong at an Iowa State University tailgate party by a female college student.
- Black, Rachel, ed. (2010). Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood. pp. 27–28.
- Vander Ven, Thomas (2011). Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard. NYU Press. p. 45. ISBN 9780814744413. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
- Leibovich, Mark (September 20, 2006). "Bong Girl". The New York Times. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
- "Bong Girl". The New York Times. 20 September 2006.