Never have I ever
The verbal game is started with the players getting into a circle. Then, the first player says a simple statement starting with "Never have I ever". Anyone who has done what the first player has not, must drink. Play then continues around the circle, and the next person makes a statement. There is an alternative form of the game in which the players drink indefinitely. An additional rule—uncommon, but beneficial to the game—is that if there is no one taking a drink, then the one who said the particular "I have never..." must take a drink. This rule often forces the players to strategise more and makes for less disposable/pointless suggestions.
A further variation holds that whenever only one person is drinking, that person must give a detailed account of why they are drinking. Another variation of this games involves putting up five fingers, putting one down whenever something mentioned has been done. Those who end up putting down all five fingers must take several successive drinks.
Games such as never have I ever "reveal interesting things about the participants and help build friendships", according to one American college student. Players often admit to things that they previously had not. As with Truth or Dare, the game is often sexual in nature. In some variations, the game may be incorporated into other drinking games, usually Kings.
The game has been portrayed in many television shows and films including Being Erica, One Tree Hill, Lost, The L Word, Family Guy, Skins, Big Brother, Frasier, Veronica Mars, 90210, Gossip Girl, Greek, Outsourced, Beerfest, ER, Loving Annabelle, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Boat That Rocked, The Real World: Las Vegas (2011), How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones, The Lying Game, American Reunion, The Walking Dead and My Mad Fat Diary.
This game is also demonstrated in the song "Ten Fingers" by San Francisco hip hop artist and poet, George Watsky.
- American Alcohol & Drug Information Foundation. Journal of Alcohol & Drug Education: "Ping-pong, endurance, card, and other types of drinking games: are these games of the same feather?". June 1, 2007.
- Kate Prengaman. The Flat Hat: "Ten reasons not to hook up drunk". March 25, 2007.
- Danielle Matsuba, nnnever.com, "Rules for the Never Have I Ever drinking game"
- Blair Bryant Nichols. The Eagle: "Everybody Does It... Superstitions fail to prevent the inevitable". April 12, 2007.
- Cody Ewers. The Collegian: "Beyond Beer Pong". February 28, 2008.