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Edward Fortyhands is a drinking game in which each player duct tapes a 40-ounce or 1.14 liter bottle of alcohol (usually malt liquor, but sometimes cider, scrumpy, or wine) to each of their hands and may not remove them until they're consumed. The name is a reference to the movie Edward Scissorhands.
The game has been mentioned in several television series, including the episode "The Naked Truth" of How I Met Your Mother ', the episode "Super Milo" of Men at Work, the episode "Dry Guys" of Workaholics on Comedy Central, the unaired pilot for "Raising Hope", the fourth episode "Perfect Health" of "Perfect Couples", a promo for CMT's Redneck Island, and Gossip Girl The Carlyles: Take A Chance On Me.
House rules differ as to whether one may finish and remove one bottle at a time, but before the alcohol in both hands has been completely ingested, the drinking party will typically need use of their hands to, for example, urinate or answer a phone call, so each participant has an incentive to finish their alcohol as quickly as possible. It can also be used as a "goal" for the game: to see who can abstain from these activities until they are finished with their drinks. In some versions, players are allowed to engage these activities so long as they can be accomplished with the alcohol still taped to their hands or if a friend is willing to help. Vomiting is sometimes considered an immediate disqualification.
Joseph Califano, chairman of the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and former United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, wrote of the game, "one night of Edward Fortyhands may seem like a fun way to spend a few hours, but it can quickly spiral out of control and land your teen in the hospital—or the morgue."
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