Edward Fortyhands | Tips and Tricks

Edward Fortyhands is a popular drinking game with college students. This makes sense as you would be hard-pressed to find someone over the age of 22 immature enough to play it.

Edward Fortyhands Rules

The rules for Edward Fortyhands are simple: Duct tape two 40-ounce beverages to each of the participant’s hands. The players then must consume the bottles to regain access to their hands. A player fails if they have to remove the drinks to use the bathroom before finishing them.

One variant allows a player to finish one bottle and remove it from their hand. This gives them access to one hand and thereby slows the pace in which they need to drink the second 40 ounces.

Item’s Needed for Edward Fortyhands

  • Two forty oz beverage bottles – One duct taped to each hand.
  • Scissors – To remove the bottles.
  • A non-participant – Who can serve as a referee and also can cut anyone loose who wants to quit.

My Thoughts and Tips

The name behind this game comes from the movie Edward Scissorhands (1990), a film no one under the age of 30 has probably seen.

Fortunately, I never had the great pleasure of being pressured into playing this game in college.

Traditionally, the game has been played with 40 oz bottles of malt liquor. However, if you are going to play this game, I suggest using non-alcoholic beverages. If you are pledging and soon-to-be brothers pressure you to play this game, just go outside for a breather and dump out some of the beverages.

Don’t actually try to drink 80 oz of any beverage besides water.


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