The 5 Golden Rules When It Comes To Downing A Pint

Stags, lads and ladies listen up: because loaded is only going to say this once.

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Though it might seem like a bit of a laugh at the time, there’s actually a very specific science to downing a pint and it is high time people learned to do it.

Stag-dos, hen-dos, birthdays and even a few hairy social situations have been known to call for a bit of quick-fire beer drinking.

The art of downing a pint is one often practiced but rarely preached, however American Lewis Kent is only too happy to offer up his expertise.

A dedicated beer-mile athlete, with a FloTrack Beer Mile World Championships crown under his belt, Kent is a champion when it comes to downing beers and running laps.

With the event consisting of downing four beers while running an entire mile, he was only too happy to offer up some words of wisdom on the topic during an interview with a few years back.


Keep It Light

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Kent believes that the key to success when it comes to downing beers is to make sure you choose a lighter variety i.e. something with a percentage of 4% or less that’s not too gassy. Bland, non-offensive beers tend to go down smoother using his method.


Don’t Sallow

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The method itself is a tricky one, with downers advised to essentially opened their mouths and let the beer flow down their throat freely, rather than gulping or sipping.

“Approach the chug as if you’re pouring water down a drain,” Lewis told “Continuously swallowing takes way too long and tires your throat out.”


Don’t Breathe

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Whatever you do, don’t breathe. The idea is to keep your throat and belly as wide open as possible with any breathing likely to reduce that.

“Take a deep breath right before you place the cup or bottle to your lips, and, whatever you do, make sure not to breathe in while chugging,” says Kent again. “You need to free up your mouth space for chugging, and chugging only.”


If You Must Gulp, Make It Big

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Now, if the idea of letting beer flow down your throat sounds too difficult to contemplate – and it will to some – Kent suggests you try swallowing. But don’t overdo it. The fewer the gulps, the quicker the downing.

“Take a deep breath right before you place the cup or bottle to your lips, and, whatever you do, make sure not to breathe in while chugging,” says Kent. “You only want to swallow once you’ve reached the maximum amount you can hold at the back of your mouth,” he notes.


Drink With Your Left Hand

Less advice and more straight-up showboating, Kent reckons that beer should always be consuming using your left hand. Why? So your right hand stays free for the inevitable high-fives your mates will be dishing out once you complete the task at hand.

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